(WASHINGTON) – Hundreds of D.C. taxi drivers circled Freedom Plaza and packed a D.C. City Council hearing room today to protest a bill to regulate private sedan services that drivers say continues to give the services a huge competitive edge.
Teamsters Local 989 organized the demonstration at 11 a.m. outside Uber Technology offices, 1437 Seventh St. in Santa Monica.
Taxi drivers, represented by the Teamster-affiliated Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association, held a protest today outside Union Station in Washington, D.C. to tell the City Council drivers demand fairness now.
Taxi drivers in Washington, D.C. are hitting the streets again for a caravan for fairness on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. The drivers are demanding fair legislation from the DC Council. Taxi Companies, UberX, Lyft, and others should follow the same regulations, rather than the proposed two-tiered system that gives a competitive advantage to private vehicles for-hire and keeps the public vehicles for-hire strictly controlled.
On October 1, 2014, the Washington, D.C. City Council's Transportation and Environment Committee continued to ignore the concerns of taxi drivers and pushed through a bill which creates an unfair playing field for the taxi industry. Three members of the committee, Mary Cheh, Kenyan McDuffie, and David Grosso voted to pass the “Vehicle-for-hire Innovation Amendment Act of 2014”. This bill legitimizes private-vehicles like UberX, Sidecar and Lyft but gives them an unfair advantage.
One evening in New York City in early July, a frequent Uber passenger pulled out her smartphone and e-hailed a car through her Uber app. She was notified a car was on the way. Minutes later, the app told her the car actually wasn't going to pick her up -- but not to worry -- Uber was searching for another nearby driver.
More than 60 D.C. taxi drivers took part in a rally today at Freedom Plaza and the Wilson Building, demanding justice from the D.C. City Council.
“Sharing economy” companies like Uber shift risk from corporations to workers, weaken labor protections, and drive down wages.