The legal battle over your rights as app-based drivers to collectively bargain continues to unfold. As you recall, the US Chamber of Commerce is trying to stop the new law that gives drivers the right to bargain with their dispatch companies over their wages, hours and working conditions. In March, the Chamber filed a lawsuit with the City of Seattle saying that companies like Uber and Lyft would be damaged by the new law. Read more
TappCar is a new Edmonton, Canada-based ride-hailing service The New Rideshare company invites Teamsters to organize drivers Counter to the anti-union behavior from rival companies Uber and Lyft, TappCar a new Canadian rideshare company has welcomed the Teamsters Union to organize it's drivers. The company spokesman said unionization will help the company maintain a stable and satisfied workforce. Read more here. Read more
Uber Driver Peter Kuel speaking to the press at Seattle City Hall in December 2015 Did Uber retaliate against driver Peter Kuel for speaking out? An outspoken Uber driver who supports unionization and has been critical of the company in the press was stripped of his ability to work on the Uber app without notice last week. Peter Kuel, who has driven for Uber since 2014, said he was given inconsistent, unfounded reasons for the deactivation of his account when he visited Uber’s Seattle offices in an attempt to resolve the issue. “I went to Uber several times to try to get an answer. Every time I went there, they told me something different,” Kuel said. Read more
via think progress “My rent’s due and I’m struggling. I’m sweating bullets trying to make ends meet over here,” said Tanya Forister, a full-time Uber driver in Tampa, Florida. “I’ve had to work twice as hard to make half of what I used to make.” Forister is one of hundreds of drivers nationwide protesting Uber’s fare cuts in January as a part of its “Beating the Winter Slump” campaign in more than 100 cities to increase ridership. When Forister, a 49 year-old single mother, started working for Uber in April, it was a gift. She was making $700 to $800 a week and upgraded her car so she could take more riders using Uber XL. Things were going well. Read more
New law extends collective bargaining rights to drivers. Drivers in Seattle’s for-hire industry won the right to collectively bargain over their wages and working conditions through an initiative passed 8-0 by the City Council today. Drivers and community supporters celebrated the bill’s passage, calling it a turning point toward greater protections for workers in a changing economic landscape. “By giving us rights, this law will help all of the drivers and also help our communities,” said Peter Kuel, an Uber driver and member of the leadership council of the App-Based Drivers Association. Read more
Drivers in Seattle's for-hire industry joined with dozens of community supporters on Wednesday to call on the City Council to pass Mike O'Brien's a Voice for Drivers legislation. The proposal, which unanimously cleared the City's Culture and Finance Committee on October 2, would give drivers the right to collectively bargain over their pay and working conditions. Supporters of the proposal gathered outside City Hall and held signs that read, "Drivers Need a Voice," "Equality in the Gig Economy" and "Riders for Drivers." "This bill means a lot to us drivers," said Fasil Teka, an Uber driver and member of the App-Based Drivers Association's leadership council. Read more
An article that was posted yesterday in the Stranger takes an in-depth look at how two students at the University of Washington who were driving for Uber have started a new workers' movement for the on-demand economy. Daniel Ajema and Yedidya Seifu helped found the App-Based Drivers Association last year. Since then, drivers across the country have reached out to the ABDA leadership council looking for guidance in their organizing efforts. The article starts this way: Read more
Drivers from Seattle's for-hire industry and community members will deliver a petition to the Seattle City Council on Wednesday, November 18, calling on the council to pass legislation that will give taxi, for-hire, and TNC drivers a voice and the right to collectively bargain over their wages and working conditions. The event will take place at the plaza in front of City Hall (600 4th Ave.) starting at 11 a.m. The coming days are crucial as the City Council considers Councilmember Mike O'Brien's A Voice for Drivers proposal. The proposal unanimously passed out of the city council's finance committee in October.
Uber drivers across the country are speaking out and charging the company with unfair practices. The company's drivers organized a 3-day strike over the weekend demanding, among other things, an end to wrongful deactivation, fair wages, and the ability to earn tips. The San Francisco Examiner details the drivers' protest in front of Uber's corporate headquarters: Read more
On October 2, drivers in Seattle's for-hire industry took another huge step towards having dignity and a voice at work! Your calls, emails, and outstanding showing of support helped to secure a unanimous 7-0 vote at Seattle City Council’s meeting of the Finance and Culture Committee. Let's thank the members of the City Council who voted to support this groundbreaking legislation! Fill out your information below to send an email to the Councilmembers who are supporting drivers. Thank you!