Taxi Association Saves Members Hundreds in Insurance Fees


For the last two years, the Western Washington Taxi Cab Association (WWTCOA) has been working tirelessly to find reliable and affordable insurance for Teamster taxi drivers.

Taxi drivers have been forced to pay premium rates because of inflated prices and a monopoly of the market by a just a few providers. 

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Taxis Win Teamsters Solidarity Soccer Tournament


Congratulations to WWTCOA taxi drivers on winning the annual Teamsters Local 117 Solidarity Soccer Tournament!  The event was held on Saturday at Joseph Foster Memorial Park in Tukwila.  

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Sign up for Teamster Taxi Insurance!

Teamsters_Local_117_logosmallNEW.jpgWe are proud to announce that Teamster Taxi Insurance is here!

Over the past two years, your Leadership Council has worked tirelessly to find you reliable and affordable insurance. Members lobbied at the City, County and State level to change the laws that limited your options. 

Because of your hard work and the power of the Teamsters Union, we are now able to get low-cost, high-quality commercial insurance for ALL taxicab operators who are members of the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association.
In order to access this insurance please follow the instructions below:

  1. Click on “WWTCOA Insurance” and Complete the Application
  2. Come to the Teamster’s Building 14675 Interurban Ave S, Tukwila, on the following dates and times to complete your sign up for insurance
  • Friday, September 12th at 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 13th at 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Monday, September 15th at 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday, September 16th at 9:00 am – 2:00 pm


  • Only those hours will be available for insurance sign up.
  • You will not be able to sign up if you come at a different date or time.
  • Insurance is only available to members of the taxi association.
  • All drivers of the insured vehicle MUST be WWTCOA (Taxi Association) members. New members must be prepared to provide a $300 payment for 1 year’s dues to be renewed with insurance annually.
  • Completing the online application will save you time!
  • Registration at the Teamster building will take an extra 20 – 45 minutes if you have not completed the online application. Drivers will receive their quote, bind their policy and receive their packet at the time of sign up.
  • Representatives of the Insurance Company will be at the Teamster building to conduct the sign up and answer questions.

REMEMBER- to save time fill out your application online, or print it out the completed application and bring it with you during one of the dates and times listed above.

Thank you for your service to our community!


Dawn Gearhart
Teamsters Local 117

Teamster Taxi Drivers Focus on Customer Service


Puget Sound taxicab operators are making strides to provide the best customer service in Seattle’s personal transportation industry.  Over 200 drivers have registered for a new Taxicab Driver Hospitality Training offered by the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association (WWTCOA) in partnership with Teamsters Local 117 and the Hospitality Management program at South Seattle College (SSC). 

The first of two scheduled 4-hour trainings will be held on Tuesday, July 15 at 2 P.M. at the Teamsters Building in Tukwila.  The cost of the training to drivers is $60.  A second training will be held on Thursday, July 17 at 10 A.M.  Additional trainings will be scheduled according to demand.

The course, which will be taught by instructors in SSC’s Hospitality Management program, aims at increasing customer satisfaction, prioritizing customer safety, developing relationships with institutional clients, and enhancing professionalism of taxi service. Drivers who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate that they can display in their cabs.

The WWTCOA is a membership association that “promotes fairness, justice, and transparency in Seattle's heavily-regulated taxi industry.”  The WWTCOA works closely with Teamsters Local 117 to ensure that taxis have the resources they need so that they can speak with a unified voice and build a better life for themselves and their families.


Big Wins for Taxis in City Negotiations


On June 16, Seattle mayor Ed Murray announced a deal that could shape the future of the city’s taxi industry for years to come.

The agreement is the result of negotiations between representatives of the taxi industry, including the Teamsters and the WWTCOA, the for-hires, the TNCs, and the City.

Taking part in the negotiations were Dawn Gearhart and Tracey Thompson from the Teamsters, Salah Mohamed of the WWTCOA, Amien Shifow representing WAT, and Anmol Cheema representing the lease drivers.
Our taxi team approached the negotiations with four objectives in mind:

  • To level the playing field so that taxis would have the opportunity to compete with TNCs; 
  • To get financial support for wheelchair accessible taxis so that Seattle’s disabled citizens have access to transportation; 
  • To give taxi drivers who have driven for many years but do not own a taxi cab the opportunity to obtain a license;
  • To protect the investment that taxi owners have made by preserving the traditional taxicab brand.
  • We were able to achieve these goals and more!

The next step in the process is to get the deal through the City Council. Your participation in hearings that will take place over the next few months will be critical!

Highlights of the agreement

  • 10 new taxi stands to be established over the next year for taxi use only;
  • 200 new taxi licenses issued over the next three years;
  • A fund to offset higher operating fees for wheelchair accessible cabs;
  • The same insurance, licensing, training, inspections, and background checks as the TNCs;
  • Elimination of English-language testing and uniform requirements; 
  • Medallions as a property right for taxi owners!

Fare Times - June 2014

Check 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 an overview of the recently negotiated agreement that will likely shape the future of the taxi industry in the City of Seattle.  There is also information about a customer service training for taxicab operators that is sponsored by the WWTCOA.

For print copies of the newsletter, talk to Dawn.

Special NBC Investigative Report - Is Uber Keeping its Passengers Safe?

An NBC affiliate in the Bay Area has produced a special investigative report that exposes serious public safety concerns involving Uber.  

The report uncovers evidence that Uber is shirking its responsibility to protect drivers and passengers.  The company claims that it "is not a transportation company" despite the fact that its drivers are operating in cities across the country.  

Drivers with criminal records have been allowed to sign up for the program.  Uber drivers are also not required to carry commercial insurance that would protect them or the public in the event of a serious accident. 

Fare Times - April 2014

4.8.14_FareTimes_.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 articles about the WWTCOA's lawsuit filed against Uber for breaking city, county, and state laws and regulations, as well as a recap of the city's new regulations governing the taxi industry.

For print copies of the newsletter, talk to Dawn.

Taxicab Operators Sue Uber for Violation of the Law

(Tukwila, WA) – Taxicab operators, who are members of the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association (WWTCOA), filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court today, alleging that Uber is in violation of city, county, and state laws and regulations that govern the Puget Sound area’s personal transportation industry. 

“Uber is not playing by the rules like the rest of us are, and local, small business owners like myself and our families are suffering as a result,” said Parminder Cheema, a taxicab operator and elected member of the WWTCOA’s leadership council.  “The community is at risk as well.  If things don’t change, somebody might get hurt.”

According to the complaint, Uber is engaging in “an unlawful and deceptive business practice which harms the economic interests of taxicab drivers.”

In accordance with King County regulations, taxicab operators must abide by for-hire County licensing requirements; they must undergo annual criminal background checks, pass periodic physical exams, pass an English language test, participate in “ride-alongs”, and pay all fees associated with each exam or training amounting to hundreds of dollars each year. If they do not comply with these regulations, they risk fines of $1,000 and up to 90 days in jail.

Uber drivers are not subjected to the same safeguards, requirements, and penalties, the complaint alleges.   

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Step up and Support Taxi Drivers


There is no doubt that taxis drivers are under attack, and it's time for all organized labor – not just the Teamsters – to step up and support them.  

on February 27, the city council watered down a proposal to cap the number of TNCs, such as UberX and Lyft, which are currently operating unlawfully in the city and essentially driving taxis out of business.

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