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NYTWA is a membership based non-profit union fighting for the rights of NYC's 50,000+ taxi drivers.
YELLOW, GREEN, UBER DRIVERS UNITE!
Support City Council Proposal to Require Environmental Impact Study on FHV Vehicles & Stop TLC from Issuing New Vehicle Permits During the Study Period
City Council Public Hearing
Tuesday, June 30th
10:00am at City Hall
Subway: R to City Hall or 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge
The City Council is proposing a law to require an Environmental Impact Study of the growth in FHV vehicles: now at 63,000 vehicles - up by over 60% since 2011. The Study would be conducted by the TLC, Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Department of Environmental Protection. The agencies must evaluate the impact on traffic, air quality, noise and public health, and must conclude no later than August 31, 2016 (but can be finished earlier.) During the months of the Study, the TLC will be allowed to issue only a limited number of NEW FHV vehicle licenses, depending on the number of affiliated vehicles a FHV base already has: 500+ vehicle bases can add 1%; 20-499 vehicle bases can add 5%, 19 or fewer vehicle bases can add 15%. The TLC will still process vehicle renewals and continue to issue new FHV Driver Licenses.
Uber is lobbying hard to defeat the proposed bills.
Drivers Have to MAKE NOISE & Stand Up for Ourselves!
Be Seen to Be Heard! Come out for the City Council Hearing!
Taxi Workers Respond to California Labor Commission
Game Changer Ruling:
Uber Drivers Are Employees
Decision Affirms That the Law is Catching Up to Uber
San Francisco Drivers Ready for Uber Showdown at
National Mayor's Conference
"California Labor Commission's Ruling today that Uber drivers are employees and entitled to protections under the law is empowering, gratifying and foretelling: finally, a set of laws Uber has not been allowed to violate or skirt. There is no doubt that more drivers will stand up, more states will verify their employee status, and all will boil over into federal rulings on drivers' right to collectively organize without retaliation or fear", said Bhairavi Desai, President of the National Taxi Workers Alliance.
This could have a game changing impact on a company that profiteers from breaking laws and cutting costs. Uber has left markets when required to carry insurance standards still subservient to taxis and for-hire-vehicles, but higher than their lobbying goals. On the other hand, a decision affirming drivers' rights in the share-the-scraps economy may be the wake up call to require consumer rights as well.
The decision comes on the eve of the National Mayor's Conference where San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has pulled out the red carpet for Uber to wine and dine. The San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance is organizing actions throughout the conference, including a picket line in front of Uber Headquarters on June 22nd challenging Mayors to stand out the tour and stand instead with grieved workers.
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100+ Taxis Caravan to Albany,
Call on Legislators to Stop the TNC Bills!
Support us by making calls!
Support us while we meet with members of the Senate and Assembly this week by making phone calls to the legislators who are sponsoring these bills. Tell them that you are AGAINST the TNC Bills passing ("Vote NO!") and you do not want NY State to permit Apps like Uber and Lyft to pick up fares under the anti-worker, anti-consumer Transportation Network Company (TNC) model.
Protect Full-Time Work for Taxi Drivers!
• City Council Hearing on FHV Environmental Impact Study Tues June 30th
• CA Labor Commission rules that Uber drivers are employees!
• 100+ Taxis Caravan to Albany to Stop the TNC Bills!
• NYTWA Statement: NYS Appeals Court Strikes Down Historic Driver Benefits Fund
• Whitney Museum Free Admission for Taxi Drivers thru 7/31/15!
• Nepal Transport Unions Earthquake Relief Fund
• NYTWA Wins Back LGA Main Lot Shorty Tickets!
• New Rules Secure Re-Entry for Drivers
• Report Airport Dispatching Issues
• Get Help for Licensing and Unfair Suspensions
• Protect Full-Time Jobs! No to the TNCs
• UN Women Dumps Uber 'Jobs' Plan
• Court Hears Arguments on Drivers Benefits Fund
• NYTWA Launches Fair Courts Campaign
• Yellow & Green Taxis Get Warning Stickers Against Driver Assaults 5/4!
• No Harassment! NYTWA Calls for Police Reforms, Black Car Drivers In Solidarity
• Free Classes for Members, Family, Friends
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NYS Appeals Court Strikes Down Historic Driver Benefits Fund
With a heavy heart, I share the news:
The New York State Appellate Division ruled today to uphold the trial Judge's decision to strike down our historic Healthcare and Disability Fund. I won't lie to you brothers and sisters, this really hurts. It's a stinging loss. I think of my friends, my teachers, my fellow warriors who we lost to failing health and the wear and tear of this exhausting job and it breaks my heart that their lives didn't matter to the fleet owners who financed the lawsuits, the trial Judge who coldly wrote, "If a driver needs disability, it begs the question why were they licensed in the first place," a city administration who stalled the contract for months before the lower level decision, and now a panel of New York's Appellate Division justices, declaring for taxi workers, there is no Justice.
It makes me sick to my core that fleet owners lied to the drivers for months about the Fund - claiming it was only to help you sign up for Obamacare, when there were significant, real benefits for drivers and our families for the first-time in thirty years under leasing, a system where rich bosses are made wealthier and poor workers bear all the risks.
NYTWA's Executive Director speaks out about why TLC's For-Hire-Vehicle Apps rules should be adopted and apply to TNCs such as Uber and Lyft.
"Bhairavi Desai, exec. director of NYTWA, said these smartphone-based competitions were “making a full-time profession for generations and generations into a gig." "These rules are a small step,” she said to an eruption of applause, “but they are only fair, and they’re absolutely necessary.” http://nyti.ms/1eCEk8T
Protect Full-Time Jobs!
No to TNCs & Share-the-Scraps Economy!
In the latest actions, hundreds of drivers gathered in Austin, Texas for a Speak Out, demanding the City Council set aside for a driver Co-op all of the 405 permits the city is considering to issue; while hundreds demonstrated in Perth, Australia for an end to the share-the-scraps economy; And Uber has been banned in Brazil!
Not since leasing made us independent contractors and placed the burden of daily debt on our backs have we been under such vicious attack. Uber and Lyft lobby against insurance, security background checks, vehicle standards, and driver licensing requirements to de-professionalize our work and sell it in pieces. To be the fastest and cheapest, they clog the streets with vehicles, undercut driver earnings and look only for part-timers.
No worker wins. Rise Up, NYC!
NYTWA Launches Fair Courts Campaign
NYTWA and partners are filing Appeals and Article 78’s (appeals to NY Supreme Court) to challenge unfair guilty convictions at the OATH Taxi Tribunal, license denial by TLC, or loss of income due to administrative failure by OATH or TLC.
The NYTWA Court Defense Project looks to challenge findings of guilt with no evidence, incomplete determination of credibility, bias, and lack of services such as translation or support when drivers are self-represented.
Come to us with your cases! Move our Fair Courts Campaign forward!
Join the union so we can continue to bring more benefits!
New Rules for Re-Entry
Starting May 31st, TLC will have a new “Re-entry” rule to allow drivers to reapply before the end of the 3 year revocation period. Also, a Defensive Driving Course will now reduce points even up until the day of the final hearing.
NYTWA fought hard for these rules, showing TLC over 100 cases. Ninety percent of the drivers who lost their livelihood had incurred non-hazardous violations, not speeding or red light tickets.
Come to the union office for help with the re-entry application, TLC summonses, and license assessments.