Teamster taxi and flat-rate drivers pack a Port of Seattle Commission meeting on April 24.
Sea-Tac Airport taxi and flat-rate drivers responded with calls for justice after taxi airport contractor Eastside for Hire announced the termination of 29 drivers from the airport fleet. Drivers received a communication from Eastside of the terminations on Tuesday, April 24.
“I don’t have thousands of dollars to pay to work at the airport,” said driver Fitaber Gudina in her testimony before Port of Seattle Commissioners on Tuesday. “The only money I have is to buy bread for my children. Please, stop this injustice.”
“We want to be able to work to pay our mortgages and pay for college for our children,” testified Michael Megnta, who has been driving in Seattle for 27 years. “We believe in this society and want to raise the next great generation. Let us work!”Read more
Dozens of drivers and labor allies packed a Port of Seattle commission meeting.
Dozens of newly organized Teamster taxi drivers and their Labor allies packed a Port of Seattle Commission meeting to speak about the Port’s recent anti-worker behavior.
Last month the publically owned Port put their profits before the well being of workers when they awarded the SeaTac Airport taxi contract to Eastside For Hire. Eastside bid more than twice the current $18 million being paid by Yellowcab to service the airport. This inflated cost will come directly out of drivers’ pockets.
At their annual meeting, taxicab operators in the Western Washington Taxi Cab Operators Association (WWTCOA) voted unanimously to join Teamsters Local 117 as full-fledged union members.
The vote took place during the annual meeting on July 27 at the Teamsters Hall in Tukwila.
In the packed Teamsters Hall conference room, drivers significantly boosted their ability to organize and build power. For the first time these drivers have a path to bargain a contract with dispatch companies.
This vote is historic on multiple levels. It marks the first time that taxi cab operators in the United States have been able to join a union as independent contractors.
Gaining full union membership gives these workers new tools to improve their wages and working conditions.Read more