NYTWA Wins Historic Legal Decision! Let's Build on our Victory in Court with a Victory at City Hall!

NYTWA Wins Historic Victory: New York State Uber Drivers' Right to Unemployment Benefits!!

NYTWA Members just won a historic decision! The New York State unemployment Insurance Appeal Board just ruled that three of our members - and all other drivers treated like them by Uber - are employees with a right to Unemployment. Drivers now have some security when we get deactivated or if we leave the job because we can't make enough to cover expenses or earn less than Minimum Wage. Uber will now pay a price if they keep firing us, or over-hiring when there isn't enough work.

Uber keeps hiring drivers even though there is not enough work. When the bonuses end, the income dries up but the car payments remain. 42% of Uber and Lyft cars on the road are empty at all times. And still, App companies put out close to 2,000 new cars on the road every month. 25% of the new drivers leave Uber within a year in NYC. And then there are the drivers who are "deactivated" - the fancy Silicon Valley word for taking a person's job away.

Now, when drivers leave Uber because 1) you're not making enough to cover expenses, or 2) you're making below Minimum Wage, or 3) you were deactivated, you now have the right to Unemployment Insurance.

Until 2016, in NYS, when Uber drivers filed for Unemployment, the claims were just sitting there. We sued the Governor in Federal Court. We fought for two years. Represented by Brooklyn Legal Services and NYTWA's Staff Attorney, our Members Levon Aleksanian, Jakir Hossain (who was also found to be an employee of Lyft), and Jeffrey Shepherd Stood Up and Fought Back! And now, thousands of drivers have some security! 

When we fight back, we can win! Stand up for our next victory: our Campaign for City Council Action!!!

As we come close to the final round of our campaign, come together for detailed updates on City Council bills, and how to fight back against TLC interference and Uber's counter offensive. Let's Strategize Toward Victory!

Attend our
All Drivers GENERAL MEETINGS
TUESDAY, JULY 31st
At 12 Noon &
At 1:00 AM
NYTWA Office (31-10 37th Avenue, Suite 300)

The City Council and Mayor are making bills final. Votes could be at the August 8th Council General Assembly. We have the Momentum to Win! Defend our Demands! The TLC put a proposal that locks App drivers out of 80% of the fare revenue as Uber and Lyft's business grows - and locks yellow, green, livery, and black car drivers out of a raise. Uber launched a $2 million ad campaign against a Cap on Vehicles.

We have been campaigning for months. We have worked too hard. We have lost too many. We have too much to win. Stand up, Brothers and Sisters! Our Crisis Has a Solution!

BE SEEN TO BE HEARD
CITY COUNCIL GENERAL ASSEMBLY
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8th
12 Noon
Broadway & Murray

As we strategize and continue to mobilize, don't forget to call your Council Member with our demands! Click here to look up your Council Member by entering your street address & borough!

Rally for City Hall Action This Tuesday, July 10th!

Join us on TUESDAY, July 10th at 1pm, Broadway and Murray, outside City Hall for a Rally for City Council Action.  The TLC put out a proposal that would basically keep App drivers at no more than $15 an hour and meanwhile, yellow cab, green cab, black car and livery drivers would be locked out of ever getting a fare raise, all because they don’t want to properly regulate Uber.

Stand Up, Brothers and Sisters, this is a critical moment.  Don’t let the TLC or anybody else run interference with our victory for a cap on FHV cars and the taxi meter as minimum fare across the industry.  We need the Council to take action and many City Council Members are on our side.  Let them see us!  Keep up the pressure!  We know that the solution to our crisis is in our demands!  See you on Tuesday at Broadway and Murray at City Hall, 1pm.

 

RALLY FOR CITY HALL ACTION
THIS TUESDAY, JULY 10th
1:00pm
CITY HALL: BROADWAY & MURRAY

MAKE SOME NOISE! RALLY FOR COUNCIL ACTION ON JULY 10th!

RALLY FOR COUNCIL ACTION
TUESDAY, JULY 10th
1:00pm
CITY HALL: BROADWAY & MURRAY

This is it! This is the moment to win change! 

We have rallied, we have called, we have built a wall around City Hall every day. Now the City Council is preparing to vote on first-time regulations on Uber and company. WE NEED TO MAKE SOME NOISE!  WE DEMAND CHANGE NOW!

On June 18th, the Mayor said he's ready, "Let's go!"
On June 17th, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson tweeted: The Council is working on finding solutions that will help bring fairness to the industry.
Now that the Council has ended Budget season - it's time for action on our bills! The Council has scheduled its summer assemblies and the first one is July 18th. Bills will need to be amended & finalized by July 11th in order for the bills to be eligible for a vote on July 18th!

The TLC has also said they will be proposing new rules from our Petition in July to address the drivers' crisis. This is our moment to win change! MAKE SOME NOISE! FILL THE STREETS ON JULY 10th!

RALLY FOR COUNCIL ACTION
TUESDAY, JULY 10th
1:00PM AT BROADWAY & MURRAY

As we continue to keep pressure on City Council, tell your Council Member to add NYTWA's 9 demands to the bills! You can look up your Council Member by entering your address & borough at this link, or call the union office at 718-706-9892 and we can tell you.

Join our Protest Line outside City Hall!

Join our Protest Line outside City Hall every Monday - Friday from 10am to 6pm until victory!

Come by City Hall anytime from Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm, at Broadway & Murray to keep up the pressure on City Council until they pass our demands!

We meet Council Members, their staff, and Mayor's Office officials! On our first day, the Mayor took our flyer with Drivers' Demands! Allies and members of the public stop by to show their support and solidarity!

Join us: change your shift at City Hall or take a quick break!
Monday - Friday
10AM - 6PM
Broadway & Murray

Day 1: We handed the Drivers' Demands directly to the Mayor!

Days 2 & 3: Council Member Jumaane Williams chants, "Driver Power!" and Council Member Koo stops by to show support!

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Day 6: National Employment Law Project (NELP) stops by to show support!

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Day 7: Members of AFSCME DC37, NYC's largest public sector union, stand in solidarity with NYTWA members!