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NYTWA is a membership based non-profit union fighting for the rights of NYC's 50,000+ taxi drivers.
From JFK Lot to Governor's Office...We Were Heard!
Thank you to the hundreds of drivers and our allies that gathered on September 16 to say No To Transportation Network Companies and Yes To Professional Full Time Work In The Taxi Industry!
Congratulations, Demonstrators! WE WERE HEARD! The Governor's Executive Staff held a meeting with us immediately following the action. Keep Up the Momentum as the meetings continue! Many allies also gave speeches: Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania, Taxis for All Campaign (Disability Rights activists), United We Stand (Black Car Drivers), Green Cabs NY, National Writers Union, Laundry Workers Center, and convenors of the Justice for Drivers Coalition - New York Communities for Change. Members of the general public stopped to listen to us and hundreds of motorists honked horns in support. Japanese media aired it live! Word spread to our brothers and sisters in Belgium and Australia also demonstrating on the same day. We are building a broad based movement of solidarity and support for our Movement for Economic Justice. Thank you to all who made it such a successful, beautiful day!
Drivers Shut Down JFK Lot in Defense of Driver Brother Assaulted by Supervisor
On Tuesday, the day before our Wednesday demonstration, hundreds of drivers shut down the central taxi lot at JFK Airport for over 3 hours. Brother Iqbal Singh was giving out flyers for the demonstration when he was assaulted by the Supervisor dispatcher. The union went immediately to the lot. The Supervisor was arrested after we reached. When we saw that Mr. Iqbal was also being arrested, we refused to move. The lot was surrounded by Port Authority police force, vans for group arrests, dozens of tow trucks, and vans with police dogs. Still, drivers refused to move. We shouted, We Want Justice! and stood in front of the moving lane. Hundreds of drivers sat down on the streets. At approximately 6pm, after making ourselves heard - NYTWA went to the speakers and announced that drivers could resume work.
The PA PD, Port Authoriy, and Gateway understood - the abuse and injustice will no more be tolerated. The Power of Driver Unity is awoken and ready to be unleashed. The Driver COURAGE and UNITY was something magical, something beyond words. Drivers of EVERY community stood united and firm and hundreds of drivers so proudly shouted the name of NYTWA. Iqbalji, after suffering injuries and a long night, as promised, still came first thing Wed morning to help carry the stage for the demonstration. This is what a hero looks like. This is what a movement looks like. We march on until there is Justice for Drivers, everywhere!
Uber: Wal-Mart on Wheels? | Bhairavi Desai on #GRITtv 2/17/15 https://youtu.be/ICSZg9EGsSE
URGENT! PROTECT OUR FULL-TIME JOBS!
YELLOW, GREEN, UBER DRIVERS UNITE!
Support Mayor & City Council Proposal to Require Environmental Impact Study of Growth of FHV Vehicles & Stop TLC from Issuing New Vehicle Permits During the Study Period.
STAND UP DRIVERS! Between Yellow Taxis, Green Cabs & App-affiliated FHV’s, there are now over 40,000 Cars All Competing in Manhattan for Fares. Imagine competing with 10,000 more!!! 72% of App Fares Are in Central Business District in Manhattan. No driver will be able to earn a full-time living!!!
Uber Has the Money. But We Are the PEOPLE!
Uber believes taxi driving should be part-time, secondary income for people who already have another job and a private car. Their goal is to be the one company monopoly of taxis and FHVs and in a few years, bring in driverless cars. They are testing them in Austin, Texas. Uber CEO said, that this way, Uber’s one cost – splitting the fares with the drivers – would be gone and they could make more profit. Today, they make ads attacking taxi drivers. Tomorrow, they will turn against all drivers. Stand Up, Drivers! Protect Ourselves!
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!
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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.