Local 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.Read more
The 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.
The 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.Read more