In a big win for taxi and other app-based drivers, Governor Inslee signed Senate Bill 5550 into law yesterday.
SB 5550 gives drivers the choice of whether or not to participate in the state's L&I program. The new law also protects the right of drivers to be heard by their city and county governments.
The passage of 5550 was made possible through the collective action of dozens of drivers who participated in lobbying actions and who emailed and called their representatives.
This is great news for all drivers!
On November 22, 2014, Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association (WWTCOA) held its annual membership meeting. There was much excitement about electing the 2015 Leadership Council and lively discussion around the proposed amendments!Read more
The Western Washington Taxi Cab Operator’s Association (WWTCOA) is seeking monetary damages for unlawful actions committed by two insurance brokers.
The complaint, filed in King County Superior Court on Monday, alleges that representatives of Key Insurance and Top Notch Solutions stifled competition, artificially inflated prices, coerced members, and engaged in deceptive practices in an effort to maintain their domination over the insurance industry for taxis.Read more
Check out the new issue of the Fare Times, the newsletter for members of the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association (WWTCOA).
In this issue, you'll find information about the upcoming WWTCOA annual meeting, as well as a number of updates related to the City's new taxi regulations.
In the coming weeks, we will be planning our taxi lobby day to make sure that the voice of Teamster taxi cab operators is heard by our representatives in Olympia.
For print copies of the newsletter, please talk to Business Representative Dawn Gearhart.
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.Read more
Puget Sound taxicab operators are making strides to provide the best customer service in Seattle’s personal transportation industry. 170 drivers from Yellow Cab, Farwest Taxi, and Orange Cab attended a Taxicab Driver Hospitality Training on Tuesday, July 15 at the Teamsters Union hall in Tukwila.
The training was 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).
"We are professional drivers who understand the importance of providing excellent service to our customers," said Parminder Cheema, a driver from Yellow Cab.
The course was taught by instructors in South Seattle College’s Hospitality Management program. The goal of the training is to increase customer satisfaction, prioritize customer safety, develop relationships with institutional clients, and enhance professionalism of taxi service. Drivers who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate that they can display in their cabs.
A second training will be held on Thursday, July 17 at 10 A.M. Additional trainings will be scheduled according to demand. The cost of the training to drivers is $60.
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.
For more information, visit www.teamstertaxi.org.
TNC and Town Car Drivers from Uber and UberX Will Hold a Political Forum Event on Sunday, April 13 at 2 P.M.
(Seattle, WA) – TNC and town car drivers from Uber and UberX will publicly voice their concerns about unjust working conditions at the company at a Political Forum event on Sunday, April 13, 2014. The drivers have invited Seattle City Council members, key legislators, and members of the media to attend the event.
A panel of Uber drivers will speak on a variety of issues, including the company’s predatory practices, the unwarranted deactivation of drivers from the Uber app, and flaws with the company’s rating system.
Uber drivers will be joined by members of the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association (WWTCOA), who will voice their support of the drivers, as well as representatives from Teamsters Local 117 and other community-based organizations, including OneAmerica Votes.
Uber and UberX drivers
Dawn Gearhart, Teamsters Local 117
Rich Stolz, OneAmerica Votes
Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Council Member
Mike O’Brien, Seattle City Council Member
UBER DRIVERS - POLITICAL FORUM EVENT
Sunday, April 13, 2014 2 P.M.
Yesler Community Center
917 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122
Taxicab operators, who are members of the Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association (WWTCOA), filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court on Monday, 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.”Read more
Drivers across Seattle’s personal transportation industry rallied at City Hall on Monday to demand regulatory changes that ensure safe and secure service to the public and dignified working conditions that allow drivers to earn a living wage.
Dozens of taxi drivers, for-hire drivers, and drivers from Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) attended the event.
“All drivers – whether they drive a taxi, a for-hire vehicle, or an Uber towncar – deserve fair treatment and a living wage so that they can provide for their families,” said Rich Stolz, Executive Director of OneAmerica Votes, one of the sponsors of the event. “The best way to achieve fairness is through safe, sensible regulation that puts workers and the traveling public first.”Read more
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.
Last night, 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.Read more