City Implementing For-Hire Driver Collective Bargaining Law

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Three community workshops scheduled to obtain stakeholder input

SEATTLE (June 8, 2016) – In 2015, the Seattle City Council passed Download Most Recent Classifieds.

, which creates collective bargaining opportunities for taxicab, flat-rate vehicle and transportation network company drivers. As part of the implementation process, the city of Seattle will be hosting a series of facilitated workshops to receive input from drivers, industry representatives and any other interested parties.

The new law applies to drivers who are paid to give rides to passengers, whether they drive for a taxi company, a flat-rate vehicle company or a transportation network company (e.g., Uber, Lyft). It allows drivers to decide if they want to be represented in bargaining efforts with their respective companies regarding issues such as payments to driveres, vehicle safety and other matters of mutual interest. Staff from the city’s Department of Finance and Administrative Services, which is tasked with creating rules to implement this law, is asking for feedback on a variety of topics, including:

Criteria to determine driver eligibility.

How organizations will qualify to represent eligible drivers.

The topics that will be covered by the bargaining process.

Three workshops are planned in different areas of the city. Those interested in offering feedback only need to attend one.

9:30-11:30 a.m., Saturday, June 25
North Seattle College – College Center Room 1456
9600 College Way N., Seattle, WA 98103

1:30-3:30 p.m., Thursday, July 7
New Holly Gathering Hall
7054 32nd Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118

1:30-3:30 p.m., Friday, July 8
Miller Community Center – Multi-Purpose Room
330 18th Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98112

Workshop materials will be available in English, Amharic, Oromo, Tigrinya, Somali and Hindi. Interpretation services for Amharic, Oromo, Tigrinya, Somali and Hindi will also be provided at the workshops. For those observing Ramadan, dedicated prayer space will be available at each workshop.

The specific questions that will be asked at the workshop are available on the city’s website at http://bit.ly/DriverRepresentation. The webpage also provides information on how to submit comments via mail or email if not attending a workshop.

For more information about the workshops or this process, contact Matthew Eng at 206-684-8157 or email DriverRepresentation@seattle.gov

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