When Uber drivers come together and speak out with one voice, good things happen.
Just two days after drivers packed a hearing room at City Hall to demand swift, fair implementation of the City’s new collective bargaining law, the company announced that it would raise its minimum fare from $4.00 to $4.80.
That means that drivers who get dispatched on short trips will see a modest increase in their earnings. As far as we know, Seattle is the only city where Uber is offering a higher minimum fare for drivers.
The reason for that is clear. Uber drivers in Seattle are getting more engaged in the political process. They’re letting the City, the company, and the public know that they want their rights under the new law to be respected.Read more
Check out our new video featuring Takele Gobena, a longtime driver for Uber and Lyft and a member of our App-Based Drivers Association.
In the video, Takele talks about the importance of having a Union, and how Seattle's new collective bargaining law helps gives drivers a voice. Our Union, Teamsters 117, played a pivotal role in helping to pass this groundbreaking legislation.
Please take a moment to watch the video and share it with your family and friends. Thank you!
If you want an excellent primer on our fight to organize and improve working conditions for Seattle-area for-hire drivers, look no further than this article that was published today in the American Prospect.
It's quite an extraordinary piece and call our Union - Teamsters 117 - the "spearhead of the battle" to create a more equitable city for all Seattle residents, not just the wealthy few.
It's long, but definitely a worthwhile read.
Uber driver Peter Kuel, who was stripped of his ability to work on the company’s app two weeks ago, thanked fellow drivers and the Teamsters Union for their support in helping him regain access to Uber’s for-hire driving platform. Kuel was notified of his reinstatement by phone and in an email from the company on Wednesday.
“I’m feeling very proud of what the Teamsters did and the members of the association,” Kuel said.
A leader of the App-Based Drivers Association (ABDA) and outspoken advocate for unionization, Kuel was deactivated without notice on February 10. He visited Seattle’s Uber offices on three different occasions in an effort to resolve the issue but was unable to obtain a clear answer about why he was taken off the app.Read more