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City of Seattle Collective Bargaining Ordinance

The Seattle City Council passed Ordinance 124968 in December 2015 without input from independent drivers. This flawed ordinance establishes a collective bargaining process for drivers who contract with rideshare, for-hire, and taxi companies.

Under the City’s rules for implementation of the ordinance, thousands of drivers are denied a vote on union representation—and they could also be denied a vote on any contract negotiated on their behalf. Additionally, drivers have no protection against harassment and intimidation from any organization that seeks to represent them.

Drive Forward members have offered testimony, written letters, and submitted comments on the negative impacts this ordinance would have on their businesses and the Seattle community. We’ll continue to advocate for their best interests.

Statewide Regulation for Rideshare

During the 2017 Legislative session in Olympia, Drive Forward supported Senate Bill 5620, which established a statewide regulatory framework for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft. By eliminating burdensome local regulations, the bill increased economic opportunity for drivers and expanded reliable transportation options for communities across Washington.

Drivers testified about the positive impacts this bill would have for their businesses and the communities where they live and work. SB 5620 passed out of the Senate with wide bipartisan support (34-15) but unfortunately did not get a vote in the House Labor & Workplace Standards Committee. We look forward to supporting similar legislation during the 2018 legislative session.

Driver stories

"Uber means I don’t have to say ‘no’ to my family."
“I hope nobody takes away my freedom.”
“My security is in my flexibility to run my business the way I choose to run it.”


Some Uber and Lyft drivers in Seattle say a new law that would give them the right to unionize actually endangers their livelihood.
The city has given Teamsters Local 117 permission to begin trying to organize drivers, and companies must turn over drivers’ contact information to the group by April 3. That is, unless the court intervenes.