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.
The WWTCOA and the Teamsters have been laying the groundwork in Olympia to pass a bill that would lift the mandate that requires taxi cab operators to pay into the State’s Labor & Industries insurance program. Under the bill, drivers would still have the option to participate in the program, but they could also opt out if they so desired.
The bill (HB1252) passed out of the Labor and Workforce Development Committee early this legislative session and is now on its way to the House floor for a vote. The next big fight will be in the Senate, where we will need to speak out in legislative hearings.
About 20 taxi operators discussed the bill with their legislators at the January 28 event. Taxi operators also spoke to legislators about a number of other issues impacting Teamster families.
"We are all members of the Teamsters," said Mohinder Gill, a taxi cab operator with the Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association. "That's what makes us strong."
Thank you to Political Action Coordinator Dustin Lambro for all of his hard work in making the day such a great success and to our fabulous lobbyist, Teresita Torres, for the wonderful job she is doing in Olympia.
Most of all, thank you to all of the members who took time out of their busy schedules to make their voices heard. You make all Teamsters proud!