Taxi Operators Protest!


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.

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WWTCOA Annual Meeting Yields New Council


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.

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THOMPSON GUEST EDITORIAL: Taxi Drivers Demand a Level Playing Field

Tracey-A.jpgLocal 117 Secretary-Treasurer Tracey A. Thompson has published a guest op-ed piece in the Seattle Times that calls on the City of Seattle to step up enforcement in the personal transportation industry so that Teamster taxi drivers can compete on a level playing field with other drivers in the industry.  

The piece is published in its entirety below:

Teamster Taxi Drivers Demand a Level Playing Field
By Tracey A. Thompson

IMAGINE starting your workweek $1,000 in the hole. Before stepping into your office every Monday, you’re indebted to regulators, insurance companies, licensing agencies, and you’re subjected to a slew of taxes, penalties and fees. Your job provides no health insurance, no vacation, no retirement — no benefits of any kind.

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May 2013: Fare Times Newsletter

Seattle-Taxi-Operators.jpgThe new issue of the Fare Times, the newsletter for WWTCOA members, is now available!  This issue contains information about discounts for WWTCOA members.  

To view the Fare Times newsletter, click here.

March 2013: Fare Times Newsletter

march2013-2.jpgThe new issue of the Fare Times, the newsletter for WWTCOA members, is now available!  This issue contains an article about recent lobbying efforts by WWTCOA members and an update on a taxi victory at the Pan Pacific Hotel.   

View a PDF of the March Fare Times here.

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Taxi Operators Flex Their Muscle in Olympia

lobby.jpgThe Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association (WWTCOA) showed its strength at the second Local 117 lobby day on February 21. Over 50 taxicab operators from all of the area’s major taxi companies turned out to lobby legislators on two bills that would help resolve important issues facing drivers in the industry.

Working in teams of 8-12, WWTCOA members met with legislators throughout the day to educate them on a bill that seeks to protect taxi drivers from violators that are undercutting their fares, and a bill that would readjust the Labor and Industries rates currently paid by taxicab operators.


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February 2013: Fare Times Newsletter

feb2013.jpgThe February issue of the Fare Times, the newsletter for WWTCOA members, is now available!  This issue contains an article about important developments during legislative session in Olympia WWTCOA members and efforts to stop unfair changes to municipal code.  

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November 2012: Fare Times Newsletter

nov2012.jpgThe November issue of the WWTCOA Fare Times is now available.  In this issue, you can read an article about taxi operators participation in the recent City of Seattle budget hearings and a list of the Association's recent accomplishments. 

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