"This victory belongs to yellow cab, green cab, livery, black car, Uber and Lyft drivers who united together in our union to transform our shared struggle and heartbreak into hope and strength."

(New York, NY) On Wednesday, August 8 the New York City Council voted to enact first-of-its-kind legislation regulating the App-dispatch sector, including Uber and Lyft. NYTWA members have been campaigning non-stop over several months and have been sounding the alarm about the economic crisis among drivers in every sector for years. Six New York City drivers have committed suicide in recent months, unable to survive the crushing poverty brought on by the over saturation of for-hire-vehicles on our streets.

JULY 27, 2018

(New York, NY) On Thursday, July 26, Politico and The New York Times reported that the City Council was moving forward with a bill to cap For-Hire-Vehicles, including cars dispatched by Uber and Lyft, for the first time in the country. Through our unity campaign of yellow cab, green cab, livery, black car, and app-dispatched drivers, NYTWA members have been fighting for this cap for more than three years, holding rallies and marches and spreading the word about the financial crisis that has lead six professional drivers to suicide. Our movement also pushed the City Council to introduce legislation to stop predatory lending in the for-hire sector and authorize a health fund - something NYTWA members won several years ago but which got held up in court by the bosses. Earlier this month, NYTWA won a historic victory for our Uber driver members - the NYS Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board rejected Uber's 11th hour attempt to withdraw their appeal and ruled that three of our Uber driver members and all those similarly situated are employees with rights to unemployment benefits. 

NYS Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board Issues FINAL Ruling Rejecting Uber's Position & Siding with NYTWA Uber Driver Members

It is Now the Official Position of New York State that These Three Drivers & All Those Similarly Situated are Employees of Uber for the Purposes of Unemployment Insurance

JULY 19, 2018

(New York, NY) The New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board has rejected Uber's 11th hour attempt to withdraw their appeal and issued a ruling that three NYTWA members and former Uber drivers and all those similarly situated are employees of the company for the purposes of Unemployment Insurance.

This is the final decision from the NYS Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board meaning that it is now the official position of the State of New York that these three Uber drivers and all those similarly situated who quit because they can't make ends meet or are "deactivated" through no fault of their own are employees for the purposes of unemployment insurance benefits. The landmark decision sets a precedent for Uber drivers who apply for Unemployment Insurance in the future and could also be persuasive in other contexts where the employment status of Uber drivers is in question.

NYTWA Responds to Taxi & Limousine Commission Report & Recommendations: This study confirms that Uber & Lyft's business model is pushing even their own drivers into poverty

Now we call on City Council to enact NYTWA's policy solutions to help drivers in EVERY sector - including black car drivers, livery drivers, yellow cab lease drivers, owner-drivers, green car drivers, and app-dispatched drivers - and for the TLC not to enact reckless piecemeal policy that leaves drivers in poverty

Click here to read NYTWA's policy proposals

The Supreme Court is no friend to the working class. A day after its shameful ruling on the Muslim & Refugee ban, the court guts workers rights in its ruling on Janus v AFSCME.

JUNE 27, 2018

The Supreme Court has once again shown that it is on the side of the rich and powerful rather than the workers on whose sweat this country runs. The working class and the poor build collective power through unions, all the more necessary to balance the scales at a time of unprecedented income inequality. Public sector unions have increasingly functioned as a line of defense for a labor movement under constant attack in the private sector, where many workers have been stripped of collective bargaining rights and blocked from the courts through forced arbitration.