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. 

“My rating went to a 4.6 (out of a five-star rating) and they suspended me.  They just turned my phone off.  They didn’t give me a warning; they didn’t give me a week’s notice.  I just woke up in the morning to go to work and my phone was off.  And they’ve done that to a lot of people,” said former Uber driver, Will Anderson.  “That’s huge – if you make an investment in a vehicle and you have a family you need to feed.”

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

Sunday, April 13, 2014 2 P.M.

Yesler Community Center
917 E Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98122