Feel the Power! Driver Power! Join the General Meetings on Dec 26th to Strategize for the Fight!

Hundreds of us braved the cold today for our Demonstration Outside the Governor's Manhattan office! We stood together to make lots of noise! Our main chants were "No More Suicides, No More Bankruptcies! Governor Cuomo, Show Us Mercy!" and "No More Tax on Drivers' Backs!" We called on the Governor to exempt yellow and green cabs from the $2.50 Congestion Pricing fee! We are being seen and heard and now the next step is to strategize for the fight!

Come out for our next All Drivers General Meetings next week on December 26th!

ALL DRIVERS GENERAL MEETINGS
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26th
Day Shift: 12noon
Night Shift: 1:00am (technically Thursday Morning)
NYTWA OFFICE: 31-10 37th Ave, Suite 300 LIC, NY 11101

Come to strategize and to learn about resources in case of foreclosures and evictions and your rights under bankruptcy. Come together. The Governor can fix this. United, we can win. Just like yellow taxi drivers and Uber drivers united to put a cap on new Uber, Lyft and other FHV cars, we need to unite together now to stop Uber from destroying the lives of more of our brothers and sisters. Join the fight!

Hundreds of us outside the Governor’s office as we called on him to exempt yellow + green cabs from the $2.50 congestion pricing fee!

Hundreds of us outside the Governor’s office as we called on him to exempt yellow + green cabs from the $2.50 congestion pricing fee!

Chanting, No More Suicides, No More Bankruptcies! Governor Cuomo, Show Us Mercy!"

Chanting, No More Suicides, No More Bankruptcies! Governor Cuomo, Show Us Mercy!"

Check out more photos from our December 19th Demonstration outside the Governor’s Office on our Facebook page!

Join Us This Wednesday 12/19 to Demand: Exempt Yellows + Greens from Congestion Pricing!!

JOIN US for a DEMONSTRATION This WEDNESDAY, DEC 19 at 1:30 PM at the Governor’s Office: 633 Third Ave (between 40th & 41st)

OUR DEMAND: EXEMPT YELLOWS & GREENS FROM $2.50/$2.75 CONGESTION PRICING TAX!  

The congestion pricing fee will add $2.50 for every yellow taxi trip that begins, ends or touches 96th St and below. 

So if the trip is from Brooklyn to the Bronx and you pass through Manhattan the $2.50 will be added.  For green cabs, it will be $2.75. Apps meanwhile can charge just 75 cents if fares are available for group rides. 

More than 90 percent of yellow taxi trips will be effected at time of historically low earnings, and skyrocketing bankruptcies and evictions. Drivers will be working only for the state, not our families and ourselves. It will be impossible to get a raise on the meter.  

Governor Cuomo can fix this: Exempt yellow and green cabs the same way liveries were exempted in 2009 from the 50 cent MTA tax because it would have created a hardship for them.

Apply that principle today to struggling yellow and green cabs.  If yellow and green industries are crushed, Wall-Street-financed Apps like Uber and Lyft will have more power against App drivers. Our organizing for better working conditions will become much harder.  Already we have lost 8 of our brothers to suicide.

We have to stand together, as one for all, all for one.

Even the Taxi and Limousine Commission has said that this fee would have a devastating impact on yellow taxi drivers. 

Just like yellow taxi drivers and Uber drivers united to create a wage floor for app drivers and to put a cap on Uber, we need to unite together now to stop Uber from destroying the lives of more of our brothers. 

Now is the time to show our unity and our strength. 

ALL DRIVERS and FAMILIES and FRIENDS, MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!!

DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE THE 
GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19th

1:30pm
Governor's Office: 633 Third Avenue

Today, Bloomberg News published an article on how congestion pricing could devastate the yellow cab sector.

Even congestion pricing supporters see through this attempt to help Uber monopolize Manhattan. And our Uber driver brothers know that yellow taxi drivers will be hurt the most:

"We can avoid Manhattan and still make money," said Saibou Sidibe, who was a cabbie for over a decade before switching to Uber several years ago. "For yellow taxi drivers, Manhattan is the only place."   

The article also highlighted our daily protest line outside the governor's office leading up to our rally on Wednesday:

Every day last week, a small group of taxi drivers stood in front of Governor Andrew Cuomo's office in Manhattan, holding signs that said things like "Congestion Pricing = My Bankruptcy," and urging passing drivers to attend a larger rally planned for Wednesday.  Many cabbies laid on their horns, presumably in support, as they drove by.

Our members braving the cold on the protest line to call on the Governor to exempt yellow and green cabs from congestion pricing fee!

Our members braving the cold on the protest line to call on the Governor to exempt yellow and green cabs from congestion pricing fee!

Check out more photos from the protest line on our Facebook page here!

Support for us is Growing! Join the Protest Line and Build Up for the Demonstration Against Congestion Pricing on December 19th!

Our Campaign is Gaining Support! First we heard it from the TLC when they refused to vote on Congestion Pricing. Now we are seeing it in our daily protest line! Since Monday we have been making noise in front of the Governor’s midtown office to send a message to Albany, “No Congestion Pricing on Drivers’ Backs!” The public has stopped by to say they stand with the drivers and will make calls to the Governor’s office and their NYS Senator and Assembly Member! The streets are alive with honks of support! Build up the momentum for our Demonstration on Wednesday, December 19th at 1:30pm as we call on Albany to exempt yellow and green cabs from the Congestion Pricing fee! We Can Win This!

DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE
NO CONGESTION PRICING ON DRIVERS’ BACKS!
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19th
1:30pm
Address: 633 Third Avenue

Keep Up the Pressure! Join the protest line to keep up the pressure! Stop by anytime, Monday through Friday, from 12noon to 4pm! We have to be seen to be heard!

Protest Line Outside the Governor’s Office
633 Third Avenue
Monday through Friday
Any Time From: 12noon to 4pm

We scored our first-step victory when the TLC raised the rates for App drivers last week and publicly said they support our goal of higher fares with 80% to App drivers! Now, to win a real Raise for All we have to stop Congestion Pricing from being put on yellow and green drivers’ backs!

Two of our members doing their shift change in front of the Governor’s office!

Two of our members doing their shift change in front of the Governor’s office!

Members have also stopped by so they can distribute flyers to friends and spread the word about the Protest Line + Our Demonstration on Wednesday, December 19th Outside the Governor’s Office!

Members have also stopped by so they can distribute flyers to friends and spread the word about the Protest Line + Our Demonstration on Wednesday, December 19th Outside the Governor’s Office!

Join the Protest Line Outside the Governor's Office and Make Some Noise!!!

Protest Line Outside the Governor’s Office
No Congestion Pricing on Drivers’ Backs!
Every Monday thru Friday starting Dec. 10th
12pm to 4pm
Address: 633 Third Avenue
Stop by anytime to stand with us and say: Exempt Yellow and Green Cabs from $2.50 Congestion Pricing Fee!

Hit the Streets! Starting today, Monday December 10th, join our Protest Line outside the Governor’s Office as we build up for our big Demonstration on December 19th at 1:30pm!

We need to protest to win an Exemption for Yellow and Green Cabs from the $2.50 Congestion Pricing fee that will be on every taxi trip that passes through 96th Street and below: pick-up, drop-off, or even going through the zone to get to another destination. For example: If you are going from Brooklyn to the Bronx and pass through the FDR, there will be an extra $2.50 fee! Green cabs will pay $2.75.

This will be DEVASTATING. 90%+ of yellow cab trips will be affected. And struggling yellow and green drivers will be locked out of a raise for years!

MAKE SOME NOISE! Call on the Governor to hold an emergency session with the State Senators and Assembly Members to exempt yellow and green cabs, just like the state exempted liveries in 2009 from the 50cents MTA tax.

TELL THE GOVERNOR TO STAND WITH THE DRIVERS! Join the protest line anytime every Monday thru Friday from 12pm to 4pm! Call the Governor’s Office at 212-681-4580 and urge an exemption for yellow and green cabs! And build up our Demonstration Outside the Governor’s Office on December 19th!!

Demonstration Outside the Governor’s Office
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19th
1:30pm
633 Third Avenue

Since 2009, yellow and green cab drivers have contributed $1 BILLION for the MTA! Yellows and greens already give 50c for every trip and pay a vehicle lease sales tax that goes toward the MTA. Uber, Lyft, and other Apps, meanwhile, will get a break of 75cents for group rides, even if the car has only one passenger.

This Congestion Pricing Plan will not reduce congestion, or raise much money as the industry goes bankrupt. This plan is just a road map to make it easier for Wall Street's Uber and Lyft to monopolize as they go for their Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 2019.

AT THIS TIME OF CRISIS: Call for yellows and greens to be exempt!  Driver Unity won the Vehicle Cap and won the first-time regulations to give App drivers a raise.  Stay united.  Together, we can win this fight for yellow and green driver brothers and sisters who will be devastated by this surcharge.  Once we win this fight, then we can be in line for a raise for all drivers with one minimum meter rate with higher fares (Initial $3.30; $3/mile; 60c/minute slow traffic) and 80% to drivers - no matter what car you drive! 

We are already winning support at the TLC! At the Dec 4th TLC hearing, Chairperson Joshi said NYS should pause Congestion Pricing until there is a plan to also charge private cars. Other Commissioners added that there should be emergency action to stop it!  The Governor's Department of Taxation and Finance can also speak the truth that they do not have a way to implement this surcharge. As regulators, they can call for a delay, while the Governor calls Albany back to order to vote on an exemption.

We Can Win This!
Join the Protest Line and Build Up for Our
Demonstration On December 19th!

VICTORY for Uber/Lyft, ALL App Drivers! TLC Passes Minimum Rates By Which Companies Must Pay App Drivers!

The TLC passed these minimum rates that companies must pay App drivers for each trip! This means that Uber/Lyft & co. can’t cut the rates!

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NO MORE UBER AND LYFT CUTTING RATES! Since our protests in February 2016 when Uber cut rates, we have been fighting for these rules! With these new rules, Uber and Lyft can no longer cut the rates on drivers' backs. Uber, Lyft drivers will gross 11% more per trip on average and the rates will be doubled on out of town trips (which is straight from NYTWA's proposal)!

The rules passed, and Commissioner Marino called for higher rates with 80% to drivers, supporting our Raise for All Drivers Demands! Chairwoman Meera Joshi responded that she believes TLC rules will eventually get there! So we have a first giant step and the stage set for our ultimate victory!

For yellow and green cab drivers, the TLC showed support by refusing to vote on Congestion Pricing! They also voted to lower the credit card fees and increase WAV payments! Our Unity Brings Home the Victory!

Today, we celebrate our steps forward and better understand TLC's new rules. Tomorrow, get ready to hit the streets and stop the attack of Congestion Pricing so we can win a real Raise for All Drivers!

Now We Fight For More! Our Demands for our RAISE FOR ALL DRIVERS CAMPAIGN!

  1. Raise App Driver Payment Rates to NYTWA Proposal, require 80% to drivers: Initial Drop: $3.30; Distance; $3/mile; Time: $.60/minute

  2. If Uber charges the passenger more than these rates under Upfront Pricing, then driver gets 80% of the higher fare.  

  3. Set Minimum App Fare so driver cannot make below $10 amount on any trip 

  4. Cap on FHV Vehicle Finance and Lease (same as we won for yellows in 2012!) $350 per week cap for weekly leases; $275 per week for lease to buy financing   (and no more than $42,900 in total)

  5. Exempt Yellow cabs from Congestion Pricing

  6. Make yellow and green meter rates same as App driver payment rates! 

  7. Debt Relief for Medallion Owner-Drivers

  8. Cap TLC Fines & No more Suspensions/Revo same time as fines

  9. Retirement + Benefits for All Drivers  

Speak Up At the TLC Public Hearing on Congestion Pricing on Wednesday, Nov 28!!!

TLC HEARING ON CONGESTION PRICING
WEDNESDAY, NOV 28
10:00am
33 Beaver Street
(4/5 to Bowling Green; R/W to Rector Street)

STOP $2.50 CONGESTION PRICING FEE ON YELLOW CABS!!!

Keep up our fight to exempt yellow cabs from the $2.50 Congestion Pricing fee on all trips below 96th Street! Uber, Lyft, and other Apps will be able to charge 75cents for cars “available” for group rides, even if the car has only one passenger. Other App cars pay $2.75 per trip.

The majority of yellow cab trips will be affected. The meter will go up, but drivers get nothing. All the money will go to the MTA. Drivers will lose fares and tips will be wiped out. Owner-drivers struggling to keep up mortgages will be devastated. Call for yellows to be exempt, just like the state exempted liveries in 2009 from the 50cents MTA tax.

ATTENTION OWNER-DRIVERS!
If the congestion pricing fee will lead you to bankruptcy or foreclosure, you need to speak up at the TLC public hearing!

The City and State can still fix this!

Support for us is growing and there may be lawsuits. SPEAK UP about how hard it is to make anything right now and how the fee will affect you. Bring foreclosure, eviction, bankruptcy notices. The hearing will be packed with media and officials. To hear us, they have to see us! If you cannot come due to work, ask a family member or friend to come for you.

Vigil on Sunday, Nov. 18th to Honor the Life of Brother Roy Kim

Please join us on SUNDAY, November 18th to honor the life and service of Brother Roy Kim, a yellow cab owner-driver who took his own life on November 4th. Brother Roy is the 8th driver to take his own life in the past year.

Below is our statement on Brother Roy:

We are devastated by the news that an eighth New York City professional driver has died by suicide. Friends described Roy Kim as hardworking, quiet, and dignified. Roy worked six days a week up to 14 hours a day. Friends in his community of Korean yellow taxi drivers took him out to dinner to celebrate after he purchased his medallion in 2017. Owner-drivers have suffered a deep and vicious slide from the middle class into crushing poverty, in a just a few short years.  

This crisis can be fixed. The struggle for owner-drivers is reminiscent of the 2008 housing crisis. In that crisis, the industry, government, advocates, and philanthropy came to the table to find solutions. Now, banks and lenders need to work with the city and philanthropy to write off 20% of outstanding debts, lower interest rates, and restructure contracts so that no owner-driver has to lose more than 20% of their monthly income to the mortgage.  Drivers need a buffer to stop sinking. And that means financial relief.  While the city builds on the For-Hire-Vehicle cap and moves on a package of bills, including one that passed today on a Council Taskforce to study medallion debt, change can't come fast enough when every day is a struggle for drivers. 


Vigil to honor Brother Roy Kim
Sunday, November 18th
11:00am
Boathouse Bridge at
Flushing Meadows Park
Queens, NY 11375

Pack the Hearings Rooms To Say NO Congestion Pricing on Drivers' Backs!

ALL DRIVERS COME OUT TO PACK THE HEARING ROOMS!
Be at the City Council and TLC Public Hearings on Congestion Pricing to MAKE SOME NOISE & DEMAND EMERGENCY ACTION from the City to bring drivers out of crisis! Say NO Congestion Pricing on Drivers’ Backs!

Under Congestion Pricing, every yellow cab trip below 96th St. will have an extra $2.50 tax. The meter will start at $5.80 (plus night + rush hour surcharges).

Uber, Lyft, & All Apps will charge $.75 extra per trip for cars available for group rides, or $2.75 per trip on other cars.

We know yellow cabs will be more affected! If you are a yellow owner-operator or lease driver who fears you will be forced into bankruptcy, then please speak up!!!

Bring your loan and rent statements and tell your story!

Pack the Hearing Room!
City Council Hearing on Congestion Pricing
MONDAY, November 19th
10:00am
City Hall

Make Your Voice Heard!
TLC Hearing on Congestion Pricing
WEDNESDAY, November 28th
10:00am
33 Beaver St.

NYTWA's Free Monthly Vision & Hearing Screenings Start Next Week!

Stop by the NYTWA office anytime between 2:30pm - 5:30pm next Monday 11/12 and Tuesday 11/13 for our free monthly vision and hearing screenings! This is a free service we offer to members and families. No need to sign-up, just stop in! Drivers can also enroll in low-cost, specially discounted programs for NYTWA members!

FREE Vision & Hearing Screenings
For Members and Families

MONDAY, November 12th
&
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13th

Stop by anytime: 2:30pm - 5:30pm

NYTWA Office: 31-10 37th Avenue, 3rd floor LIC, NY 11101

Our free vision & hearing screenings are part of the benefits and services you receive as a NYTWA member. Your yearly dues help us build the union that works for drivers.

Vigil and Community Gathering Tomorrow to Honor Brother Fausto Luna

NYTWA is organizing a vigil and community outreach on Sunday, October 7th in honor of Fausto Luna.  Below is our statement on Brother Luna:

Our hearts are with the loved ones of brother Fausto Luna. To our brothers and sisters in crisis we know change can't come fast enough but change is coming and it will get better. To the public we ask that you open your hearts to the working men and women who have fallen into despair because of a business model of low pay, saturation and predatory lending spread across the globe by Uber and company leading to driver deaths by suicide in Australia, Taiwan, India, South Africa and NYC. Every city needs to take a deeper look at what happens when you let Wall Street backed corporations use billions of dollars in capital to lock workers into a prison of poverty. 

Vigil and Community Gathering
To Honor Brother Fausto Luna
Tomorrow: Sunday, October 7th
2:00pm
Start at 175th St and Fort Washington


We will be doing driver to driver outreach in the community following our vigil. Brother Luna is the seventh NYC driver, the first App driver, and the third Dominican driver to die by suicide in recent months. Stand together for hope and help.