YOUR VOICE MATTERS
Any rideshare proposal should be developed based on broad input from the entire rideshare driver community in Seattle. Join Seattle rideshare drivers in asking Mayor Durkan and the City Council to listen to those who will be directly impacted by the UNFair Fare Share plan
Overview of the Fare Share Plan
There are three parts of the Fare Share proposal:
- Tax increase: TNC tax increase from $0.24 to $0.75 on all trips.
- Driver Resource Center: To help drivers appeal deactivations
- Earnings study: To determine an appropriate earnings standard for drivers
Revenue from the tax will be spent over five years as follows:
- $52 million to affordable housing near transit
- $56 million to fully fund the 1st Ave. street car
- $17.75 million to create the Driver Resource Center and Earnings Study
Will the 51 cent tax increase have any impact on driver earnings?
YES! According to an independent report issued by Solis Financial Forensics this regressive tax increase will result in a loss of earnings for drivers of over $12 million in the first year and nearly $70 million over 5 years. In other terms for a full-time driver this would equate to an annual loss of earning of $1600-$1800 per year! Drive Forward does support the city in finding funding for key priorities like transit and affordable housing, but in a year of record revenues to the city it seems unnecessary to fund it on the backs of drivers.
Does Drive Forward support a minimum earnings standard for rideshare drivers?
Drive Forward, drivers, and the rideshare companies all support establishing a reasonable earnings standard, access to benefits, and additional protections for drivers. But it's important for you and the public to know that tripling the rideshare tax in Seattle isn't necessary for these to happen.
Does the Fare Share Plan set an earning standard now?
NO. It just funds a study on what an earnings standard should be, and won't set an earnings standard for nearly a year.
Drive Forward has called for a standard to be set now at $27.50 per hour for time worked.
Does the Fare Share Plan provide drivers with any benefits like workers compensation or healthcare?
NO. The Fare Share Plan doesn't fund any benefits for drivers.
Drive Forward has called for all the revenue to be used to support drivers and to create a portable benefits system to provide drivers access to no-cost or reduced-cost benefits like Workers Compensation, Healthcare, Paid Family & Medical Leave, and Sick & Safe Leave.
Instead the City is using some of the funds to support city projects like the 1st Avenue Streetcar which is already delayed and over-budget, and they haven't even begun construction.
Does the plan require participation in the deactivation review panel?
NO. The city's proposed deactivation review process is entirely voluntary for both the driver and the companies. It is also set up in a way where The Teamsters – an organization that has been organizing against rideshare drivers for years – will likely serve as de facto driver representatives.
What will the Driver Resource Center do?
The legislation behind the Fare Share Plan tasks the Driver Resource Center with providing representation to drivers who feel they have been wrongfully deactivated - for a voluntary review process that doesn't guarantee a resolution - and to do outreach to drivers but does not specify what the outreach is for.
Who will manage the Driver Resource Center?
The legislation creating the Drivers Resource Center is very clear only traditional labor organizations like Teamsters Local 117 will be allowed to manage the Center. By the definitions in the legislation, groups like Drive Forward will not be allowed to participate in the Center.
How much of the tax increase is allocated to the Driver Resource Center?
Up to $3.5 million per year will be allocated to the organization managing the Center. Combined with the biased selection process, it means those funds will very likely be paid to the Teamsters - an organization who's history suggests they're most interested in protecting their taxi members, not helping rideshare drivers.