This Friday, February 14, the Seattle City Council will be making important decisions that will affect the ability of taxicab operators to earn a living. The City Council will decide 1) whether to put caps on ride share companies; and 2) whether to allow for-hire vehicles the right to pick up stand and hail passengers.
We need to take action now to get our message out!
TAKE ACTION NOW!: Email every member of the City Council immediately with the following message.
As a Puget Sound taxi cab operator, I struggle every day so that I can earn a living for myself and my family. Recent changes in the personal transportation industry have put my livelihood at even greater risk. To maintain a level playing field in the industry and basic fairness for taxi drivers, I urge you to put a cap on ride share companies that are operating outside the regulatory framework and to vote against stand and hail rights for for-hire vehicles. Thank you.
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We have some great news out of Olympia! Representative Cyrus Habib's proposed legislation (HB 2152) that would lift the Labor & Industries requirement for taxi cab operators has just passed the State House of Representatives on a vote of 93-1!
The Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association (WWTCOA) and the Teamsters have been working hard to pass the bill since the start of legislative session on January 13. WWTCOA members testified at a Labor and Workforce Development Committee hearing on January 16, and dozens of drivers spoke to their representatives about the importance of the bill at our Teamster Lobby Day on January 28.
The next big fight will be in the Senate, where we will need to speak out in legislative hearings and meet with our State Senators. Under the bill, drivers would still have the option to participate in the State's L & I insurance program, but they could opt out if they so desired.
For taxi cab operators, getting a moving violation can be a hugely expensive ordeal and even threaten your livelihood. Taxi drivers can spend thousands of dollars each year on expensive attorney fees, fighting tickets in court.
Now, the WWTCOA and the Teamsters Union are excited to announce a new Taxi Ticket Program that will help protect you when you get a ticket.
For an annual fee of $120, an experienced, professional attorney at the Teamsters Union will represent you when you receive a moving violation while you are driving your taxi.
Teamsters 117’s Associate General Counsel Daniel Swedlow graduated from the University of Washington Law School in 2006 and has extensive courtroom experience defending members of the Union, and he is skilled at getting tickets dismissed.
* To participate in the program, you must be a current, active member of the WWTCOA and you must maintain your membership throughout the calendar year. Teamsters and the WWTCOA make no warranties express or implied regarding the outcome of your case. For more information, talk to Dawn Gearhart at 206-441-4860 ext.1254.
Teamster taxi cab operators, along with dozens of other union members, converged on Olympia on January 28 for the first Local 117 lobby day of the 2014 legislative session.
Taxi operators teamed up with state correctional workers, warehouse workers, nurses, cooks and county and city employees for dozens of meetings with legislators.Read more
Wondering what’s happening WWTCOA members in the taxi industry? Check out the new Fare Times newsletter.
In this issue you can read about:
- a generous donation by taxi drivers to the Northwest Harvest food bank;
- a new Taxi Ticket Program to help drivers who receive moving violations;
- a recent taxi political forum;
- taxi drivers' work to pass legislation in Olympia.
Check out the Fare Times here.
Teamsters 117 and the Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association (WWTCOA) hosted a political forum on December 10 at the Teamsters Building in Tukwila.
Over a hundred taxi drivers along with a dozen elected officials from the state, county, and city of Seattle attended the event.Read more
The new issue of the Fare Times, the newsletter for the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association is now available!
This issue contains articles and updates on successes at two downtown hotels - the Waterfront Marriott and the Edgewater, plans for a taxi food drive this Thanksgiving, a legislative report, and member stories.
Check out the new Fare Times here.
Puget Sound taxicab operators and their community allies converged on City Hall on Friday, August 2 to demand fairness and a level playing field in Seattle’s personal transportation industry.
The drivers circled the block blaring their horns, then parked their cabs en masse on 4th Ave. demanding that city officials take immediate action.Read more
Teamster taxicab operators gathered on Saturday, July 27 for the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association’s (WWTCOA) annual meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss successes and challenges in the association’s first year and to set goals and plan for the future.Read more