Dozens of Uber drivers and drivers from other transportation network companies (TNCs) traveled to Olympia today to express their concerns about proposed policies that would limit their voice at work. Drivers also met with legislators to discuss issues such as public safety, driver safety, insurance regulations, working conditions, and low pay. “Driving for Uber has become a path to poverty,” said Tracey Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 117. “You know something is wrong when you have a company that is valued at $40 billion and its drivers can’t afford to pay the rent or put food on the table for their families.” Read more
Let's welcome Adam Hoyt, a new Teamsters Local 117 Business Representative for the parking industry! Adam brings a wealth of experience to his position at your Local Union. He became a Teamster in 2007 when he went to work at Alan Ritchey. While at Alan Ritchey, Adam was one of the key leaders who helped organize his co-workers and bring the Union to his workplace. He served on the Union organizing committee, made house calls, stood up to his employer, and testified multiple times before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Read more
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UberX drivers are fed up. Hundreds of drivers in Seattle turned in their phones and went on strike yesterday to protest Uber's wage gouging practices. At the center of the debate is a 20 percent fare cut that Uber is passing on to its drivers. KIRO 7 was at the meeting and reported on the strike: Read more
Uber and UberX have begun the process of forming an association which will work with Teamsters Local 117. The drivers met on May 18 at the Teamsters Union hall in Tukwila, where they voted to approve by-laws, and they elected a 7-member leadership council that will run the day-to-day operations of the organization. Read more