Because of drivers taking action and aggressive advocacy from your Union, we are one step closer to securing urgently needed emergency relief for Uber, Lyft, and Taxi drivers. Yesterday afternoon, Governor Inslee announced: A statewide 30-day moratorium on residential evictions; and An effort to call on the White House and Congress to declare a disaster in Washington, authorizing Disaster Unemployment Assistance for Uber, Lyft, and Taxi drivers and others who may not normally be eligible for unemployment benefits. Read more
As the COVID-19 impacts workers across our state, we are compiling emergency resources to help you and your family in this time of crisis. The resources listed below come from a variety of sources, including King County and the Washington State Labor Council. If you are aware of resources not listed here, please send us an email or write it in the comments below. Please stay healthy and safe! Public Health Information Social Distancing Unemployment Benefits and Workers Comp Financial Resources for Consumers Trouble Paying Rent or Mortgage Student Loan Deferments Paying Utilities Food Assistance Insurance Issues Union Families In Need Who's Hiring? Find a Teamster Job Read more
The Drivers Union is fighting for Emergency Financial Assistance for Uber and Lyft drivers who are struggling due to the coronavirus crisis. SIGN OUR OPEN LETTER to Uber/Lyft CEOs and government leaders requesting Emergency Financial Assistance. If you have lost income due to the COVID-19 crisis, you may be eligible for state unemployment benefits (even if you are still driving). We encourage drivers to apply. If your unemployment application is rejected or you need assistance applying, call the Unemployment Law Project’s free telephone hotline at (206) 441-9178 x0. Fill out the form below to receive information about resources available for drivers and instructions on how to apply for unemployment benefits.
Uber, Lyft, and taxi drivers – low-wage workers who earn a living taking people to airports, events, and their jobs - are on the front lines of both the public health and economic impacts of this crisis. Yet economic stimulus plans are leaving us behind.
Drivers deserve a living wage! Right now, the City of Seattle is surveying drivers. The information will be used to help set a fair pay standard and improve our pay. If you receive a text/email with a survey from the City of Seattle, please participate. If you did not receive the City’s survey or need help, contact your Union at 206-441-4860 x1279. It’s important that all drivers have our voices heard! Join us! Get involved in the fight for Fair Pay! Contact your Teamsters Union Representative at 206-441-4860 x1279, or visit www.abdaseattle.org
Seattle Uber and Lyft drivers celebrated the passage of Mayor Jenny Durkan’s ‘Fare Share’ plan by the City Council, calling it a historic victory that will provide long-sought labor protections and lead to higher pay for the City’s 30,000 ride-hail drivers. This groundbreaking legislation establishes first-in-the-nation legal protections against unwarranted deactivations. The legislation will also establish a Driver Resolution Center to provide a wide range of support services to drivers. “After I was hit by an uninsured motorist, Uber shut off my app. Uber calls it deactivation, I call it getting fired for no reason,” says Bob Gulbranson, who has driven for Uber for several years. “This legislation gives drivers a voice and a chance to be treated fairly.” Read more
At a press conference at City Hall on Wednesday, Uber and Lyft drivers urged the Seattle City Council to support their ‘Fare Share’ priorities to establish a minimum pay standard with driver input, combat unwarranted deactivations, and fund driver support services and other community investments through a 51 cent tax on the ride-hail giants. At the event, drivers shared stories of how declining pay, a lack of basic labor protections, and sudden deactivation without recourse has impacted their livelihoods. “Since I started driving for Uber, my pay has been cut in half," said Sukhchain Banwait who started driving for Uber in 2013. "But while driver pay has gone down, Uber charges my customers more and more and pockets the difference. I'm glad the City is looking at establishing a fair minimum pay standard to stop the race to the bottom in driver pay." "I'm glad the City is looking at establishing a fair minimum pay standard to stop the race to the bottom in driver pay." Read more
On Friday and Saturday, driver and rider email inboxes filled up with political solicitations from Uber and Lyft urging opposition to Mayor Durkan’s “Fare Share Plan.” The Mayor’s plan would establish labor protections for drivers and fund community investments in affordable housing, transit, and driver support services with a modest 51 cent per ride fee paid by the ride-hail companies. Drivers called the company email solicitations deceptive and insulting, and were quick to point out the hypocrisy of the ride-hail giants masquerading as protectors of driver earnings after implementing a steady regimen of pay cuts for years. In the headline of an email on Saturday, Lyft implored drivers to “help us protect your earnings.” “It’s insulting,” said Lyft driver Lata Ahmed. “Just a week ago, Lyft cut a tool that drivers have relied on to supplement low pay rates. Now they think they can trick us into opposing labor protections to combat the pay cuts. Drivers aren’t falling for it.” Read more
Seattle Uber and Lyft drivers responded favorably to a proposal put forth by Mayor Jenny Durkan today to raise driver pay and allow drivers to appeal unwarranted deactivations. The Mayor’s plan would engage the driver community in developing a fair pay standard. It would also give drivers who have been terminated from a TNC platform access to a hearing with representation before an appeals panel. “Drivers should not be fired by an algorithm without recourse,” said Mohamed Aria, who was one of the first Uber drivers in the Seattle market. “I helped Uber build their business, even referring my own customers. But after 6 years of high ratings and maximum customer satisfaction, I was deactivated without reason. It has been a year now since I lost the ability to work and support my family. The Uber staff at the local office have no answers. I applaud the Mayor for putting labor standards for drivers – including accountability and the right to appeal unfair deactivations – back on the city’s agenda.” Read more
Today, Uber drivers leafleted outside of Uber’s Seattle office, and at more than a dozen other driver gathering spots, to generate calls to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan calling on her office to immediately introduce legislation to raise driver pay and establish labor protections. The leafleting actions come on the heels of Uber releasing a proposal to impose a $3.80 congestion toll on all Seattle commuters. Drivers say the company’s $3.80 congestion toll plan is nothing more than an attempt to cause delay and avoid regulations that would raise driver pay and fund benefits. “Instead of focusing on congestion tolls, Uber needs to do right by their drivers first,” said Peter Kuel, an Uber and Lyft driver for more than 5 years and a leadership council member of the App-Based Drivers Association. “Uber and Lyft should do today what every other business in Seattle already does – ensure drivers earn benefits like paid sick days and are never paid less than minimum wage after expenses.” Read more