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!
Last Friday, drivers in Seattle's for-hire industry took another huge step towards having dignity and a voice at work! Your calls, emails, meetings, 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. The passage of this legislation is being followed nationally and has already made news locally. Read more
ACT NOW! Help Taxi, For-Hire, and App-Based Drivers Win a Voice! Drivers need a voice at work. Legislation before the City Council would give drivers in Seattle's for-hire industry the opportunity to have a voice on the job by coming together to collectively negotiate over their pay and working conditions. Please send an email to the Mayor and City Council supporting this innovative legislation so that drivers can work in the dignified conditions they deserve! Enter your contact info below to send an email to elected officials and help drivers win a voice at work!
Changes in the economy have led to poor working conditions and low pay for drivers in Seattle's for-hire industry. Things have gotten so bad that Uber drivers like Takele Gobena are reporting making less than $3/hr. You can HELP DRIVERS NOW and ensure that the public is protected by signing a Bill of Rights for Passengers and Drivers in the On-Demand economy: PASSENGER AND DRIVERS’ BILL OF RIGHTS - SIGN HERE Your support will help pressure companies to treat drivers fairly and keep you informed about new legislation designed to give for-hire drivers a voice. Please sign now! Thank you!
You know something is afoul in Seattle’s for-hire industry when a driver for a $50 billion company like Uber looks at his tax return and discovers that he made less than $3/hr last year. But that is the reality workers like Takele Gobena are facing in the new "gig economy" as they try to cobble together a living without access to basic rights and protections of traditional employees. Because they are classified as independent contractors, for-hire drivers don't have the ability to unionize through a traditional NLRB election process, and they aren't covered by Seattle's wage theft, sick leave, or new $15/hr minimum wage law. Read more