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.
A federal judge recently dismissed two lawsuits against the City of Seattle challenging the legality of the collective bargaining ordinance, clearing the way for a driver election in the fall of 2017. Under the City’s rules for ordinance implementation, thousands of drivers - including everyone who started driving after October 19, 2016 - are denied a vote on union representation. Additionally, no driver is guaranteed a vote on any contract negotiated on their behalf, and drivers have no protection against harassment and intimidation from the Teamsters Local 117, which 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 educate the community and advocate for drivers' 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.