June 19, 2015 CONTACT:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kim Waldron 415 264 2101 [email protected]
The San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance (SFTWA) will hold a series of protests against ride giant Uber at the National Conference of Mayors meeting in San Francisco. Uber is heavily involved in the conference, hosting a breakfast for mayors Sunday morning and a tour of its offices Monday afternoon.
SFTWA will talk to the press Saturday at 1 p.m. in front of conference headquarters, the San Francisco Hilton, to call attention to the harm Uber is causing in the U.S. and around the globe to workers, the environment and the disabled community.
The union will cap off its protests with a major rally at Uber headquarters, 1455 Market Street, on Monday from 2-5 p.m. Uber is one of three tech companies mayors will tour at that time.
Today the SFMTA board made a sensible decision to approve the Safer Market St plan with no exceptions for Uber / Lyft.
Statement from SFTWA: after the flip
Why San Francisco Can and Should Regulate Taxi-Like Ride Services
The San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance (SFTWA) held a press conference at City Hall on Jan. 6 at noon to announce the release of a White Paper urging San Francisco to regulate “ride services” like UberX and Lyft and enforce against violations of law by those services and their drivers. DeSoto Cab is also a signatory to the document.
The White Paper describes the city’s authority under state law to regulate these services (which are also called “TNCs”). Among the reasons why the city should exercise that authority are:
To protect public safety
To prevent insurance fraud
To ensure compliance with disabilities laws
To preserve the environment
To allow cab drivers to earn a livable income
To offset the city’s costs owing to TNC operations and require them to pay their fair share toward city revenues
“The state has not done its job in regulating services like UberX and Lyft,” said SFTWA Board member Barry Korengold. “Unless the city steps in the public will not be properly protected, congestion will continue to increase and the quality of service to taxi riders will suffer.”
Speakers included Tim Paulson, Executive Director of the San Francisco Labor Council; attorney Christopher Dolan, who represents the family of Sophia Liu, killed by an Uber driver in San Francisco; and disabled community activist Bob Planthold.
The SFTWA has over 600 members and is affiliated with the National Taxi Workers Alliance, AFL-CIO.
Read the text of the white paper after the flip.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), has rescheduled its Order to Show Cause hearing for Uber and Lyft, citing a power outage in the building during the biggest storm to hit Northern California in years.
The hearing has been moved to December 18th at 9:30am.