Airport contract update and next steps

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As you know, the Port signed the taxi contract with Eastside for Hire earlier this month. Now we must continue our fight to hold Eastside and the Port accountable. 

We worked hard to pressure the Port to include “labor harmony” language in the contract. That language provides three important protections for drivers:

  • Eastside must negotiate a “Labor Peace Agreement” with your Union within 60 days.
  • Eastside must keep all drivers currently working at the airport for 180 days.
  • The Port must review drivers’ income every six months and can reopen the contract if they find drivers aren’t making a living wage.  

If you see that Eastside or the Port is not upholding these protections, we need to be ready to take action.

To prepare for the upcoming negotiations with Eastside, we will be holding meetings to discuss your priorities. It is important that we have good attendance at those meetings so that your collective voice is heard. We will let you know as soon as the meetings are scheduled.

We will continue to fight to make sure that all taxicab operators are able to earn a living wage. Please let me know if Eastside violates the terms of their contract with the Port.


Fare Times - Fall Issue 2016

Fare-Times-Fall-2016_Page_1.jpgThe fall issue of our Fare Times newsletter is now available. The Fare Times provides news and information for Teamster taxicab operators. 

In this issue, we have an update on the airport contract that the Port signed with Eastside For Hire this month.

We believe that drivers' income will decrease under the new contract. Although we weren't able to prevent the Port from signing it, we were able to achieve important protections for drivers and their families.

One of the requirements under the contract is that Eastside must sign a "Labor Peace" agreement with the drivers' Union within 60 days.

We will be scheduling demands meetings soon so that drivers can talk about their priorities for the agreement. We'll let you know once those meetings have been scheduled.

Access a PDF of the Fare Times here.


City of Seattle Moves to Dismiss Chamber Lawsuit

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The legal battle over your rights as taxicab operators 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 dispatch companies would be damaged by the new law. 

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Improve Dispatch - Take our Survey!

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Taxicab operators who are part of the WWTCOA are working with Yellow Cab to improve its dispatch system.  

The current system is flawed and needs to be modernized. Many drivers have reported trouble accessing the system and customers complain regularly.

Please take our taxi dispatch survey. Your feedback will help create a dispatch system that works for all of us!


Tappcar Invites Teamsters to Organize Drivers

CBC News from Edmonton is reporting that Tappcar, a new ride-hailing service based in Canada, is encouraging the Teamsters to organize its drivers. 

"We believe that having a unionized workforce will make our workers happy," a company spokesperson said. 

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WWTCOA Members Win 35 New Taxi Medallions

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Great news! For the first time since 1990, the City of Seattle is awarding 35 new licenses for members of the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association.

The medallions will go to drivers whose applications were drawn during the lottery conducted on November 4, 2015 in Magnusun Park.

This is a huge victory for the WWTCOA! We negotiated an agreement with the City that included the issuance of these new licenses. And they are coming now - just in time for the holidays!

You can view a list of all of the drivers who will receive licenses here.


Taxi Drivers are a Step Closer to Winning Collective Bargaining Rights

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Last Friday, Seattle taxi drivers took another huge step towards winning 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.

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Dawn Gearhart recognized for outstanding leadership at WSLC Convention

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Dawn Gearhart was recognized at the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) convention in SeaTac today with the 2015 Elsie Schrader Award for the advancement of women in leadership roles and activism on behalf of women within the labor movement.  

Over the last three years, Gearhart has demonstrated outstanding leadership in her work organizing and representing Seattle-area taxicab operators and members of the Western Washington Taxicab Operators' Association.  

Last year, she helped successfully negotiate an agreement with the City of Seattle that created more taxi stands, more taxi licenses, a fund to offset higher operating costs for wheelchair accessible cabs, and medallions as a property right for taxi owners.

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Fare Times- May 2015

Fare_Times_-_May_2015_Page_1.jpgCheck out the new issue of the Fare Times, the newsletter for members of the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association. 

In this issue, you'll find important updates on L&I, medallions with the City of Seattle, and taxi stands in downtown Seattle. 

For print copies of the newsletter, please talk to Local 117 Business Representatives Dawn Gearhart and Adam Hoyt.


Success in Olympia!

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On May 11th, 2015, Governor Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5550.  Through your collective action, L&I is now optional!  This bill also protects your right to be heard by your city and county government.  Congratulations!  When we fight, we win!


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