On November 3, 2014, the San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance (SFTWA) was granted membership into the national taxi workers union, known as the National Taxi Workers Alliance (AFL-CIO).
More than 500 San Francisco taxi drivers have become paid members of the City's new union so far. And many of them filled the Plumbers Union Hall at 1671 Market Street to engage in its induction.
Bhairavi Desai, president of the National Taxi Workers Alliance, awarded a charter of affiliation to SFTWA, in recognition for excellence in organizing taxi workers, “in the struggle for justice, rights, respect, and dignity for all taxi workers and labor everywhere.”
The SFTWA became the fifth official affiliate of the National Taxi Workers Alliance (AFL-CIO) following New York City, Philadelphia, Austin TX, and Montgomery County MD.
Tim Paulson, president of the San Francisco Labor Council, gave a brief induction speech in front of union members.
“I want everybody to know that among 150 unions of the San Francisco Labor Council, you are going to get the support of all of us in the labor movement”, Paulson said.
The National Taxi Workers Alliance (AFL-CIO) originates in New York City and is co-founded by Bhairavi Desai.