(WASHINGTON) – The following is a statement from Teamsters International Union Vice President and Local 922 President Ferline Buie about today’s worldwide taxi driver protests against Uber.
A move by the DC City Council to destroy competition between private sedans and taxis needs to be stopped.
DC Councilmember Mary Cheh has introduced a bill (#20-0753) http://lims.dccouncil.us/_layouts/15/uploader/Download.aspx?legislationid=31519&filename=B20-0753-Introduction.pdf
The proposed bill is unfair and will undercut your livelihood by giving Private Sedans such as UBERX, Sidecar, and Lyft an unfair advantage over taxi service!
At today’s D.C. Taxi Cab Commission meeting, Chairman Ron Linton introduced a notice for proposed rulemaking about “private sedan services” such as Uber X, Sidecar, Lyft, and others.
Teamsters Local 922-affiliated Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association recently surveyed D.C. City Councilmembers and mayoral candidates about their views on the issues that matter most to D.C. taxi drivers. Click on the headline above to read the questions and answers.
The Teamsters Local 922-affiliated Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association filed a petition on Wednesday, March 19 to demand that ride-sharing companies such as Uber X, Lyft and Sidecar adhere to similar regulations that taxi drivers follow. We demand fairness now!
Over the past few months, Washington, D.C. taxi drivers have joined together with the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association, affiliated with Teamsters Local 922, for one strong voice. Drivers and the association have knocked on the doors of D.C. City Council members. They have written letters, sent emails, and made phone calls. They have rallied and marched on Mayor Vincent Gray’s office. They have made their voices heard!