New York Taxi Workers Alliance Affiliations

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) is proudly affiliated with the following organizations:

National Taxi Workers Alliance (NTWA)

In 2011, the National Taxi Workers Alliance was born to crush the chains that bind hundreds of thousands of taxi workers across this nation.  NTWA is the only national union dedicated to the struggle of taxi workers – a majority immigrant workforce of over 200,000.  Founded in 2011, NTWA currently has affiliates in New York City, Philadelphia, Austin, Montgomery County and San Francisco and active organizing drives in several cities.  In cities where drivers do not have collective bargaining rights, a democratic, driver-lead organization of taxi workers must garner dues-paying membership of 10% of the active driver workforce in order to affiliate with NTWA.  NTWA provides organizing, membership development and campaign support to local drives, and is building several regional and state-wide networks.  NTWA’s nation-wide campaign is to protect drivers’ full-time work and full-time pay under vicious attack by the so-called gig economy, making even more precarious and insecure a job riddled with exploitation.  Through mass mobilizations, building allies, and multi-tactical campaigns, NTWA seeks to rebuild a taxi industry progressive in its commitment to worker rights, consumer protections, and contributions to local transportation systems.  NTWA is the 57th affiliate of the AFL-CIO, the first-one of entirely independent contractors, and an affiliate of the International Transport Workers’ Federation.  NTWA’s President currently serves on the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO.

NYTWA Affiliations through NTWA:

AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations)

The AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization) is the single largest labor federation in the U.S., with a combined membership of over 13 million workers.  The AFL-CIO fights for better working conditions, decent wages, as well as fair treatment, safety, and respect on the job.  They also operate the largest training network for workers outside of the U.S. military.  Occupying an independent voice in politics as a strong advocate for worker rights, the AFL-CIO essentially has the power to make or break political campaigns.  Since the 1950’s, the Federation has prevailed to become a mighty institution with lawyers, political lobbyists, public relations, specialists, benefits providers, educators, and an army of organizers.

International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)

The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) is a global federation of transport workers' trade unions, founded in 1896. ITF has a combined membership of 708 unions, representing the interests of close to 5 million workers in the industries of ground, air, and waterway transportation.  With offices across the world (Amman, Brussels, Guyana, Moscow, Nairobi, New Delhi, Ouagadougou, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo) and a headquarters in London, the ITF is capable of organizing international solidarity actions that range from protest messages, demonstrations, political pressure, and even strikes/boycotts.  Its main objective is to promote respect for trade unions and human rights by helping affiliated unions defend the interests of their members, providing research and information services about the transport industry, and generally assisting in the development of strong, democratic transport unions.  When it comes to decisions affecting jobs, employment conditions, or safety in the transport industry, the ITF is at the table of international debate and negotiation.  They are also allied with the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).