The San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance / AFL-CIO.
“As individual fingers we can easily be broken, but all together we make a mighty fist."
-- Sitting Bull
The mission of the San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance is to provide a unifying force, improve working conditions, and protect fair business practices for all San Francisco taxi industry workers. We strive to promote a healthy taxi industry that will attract quality drivers and foster a well informed taxi population in the City. We encourage respectful discourse in our community, even with our adversaries.
On November 3, 2014, the newly formed San Francisco Taxi Workers Alliance (SFTWA) was granted membership into the national taxi workers union, known as the National Taxi Workers Alliance (AFL-CIO). Thus, the taxi drivers of San Francisco are united under a union banner for the first time in nearly 50 years.
More than 500 San Francisco taxi drivers have become members of the City's new union so far, and the number is growing. Many of them filled the Plumbers Union Hall at 1671 Market Street to engage in its induction.
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.
Legitimately permitted and insured taxi drivers have been besieged by venture capital backed bandit cab operations that shirk the law and disregard public safety. Deceitfully avoiding laws and regulations has allowed one of these bandit operators to grow to be among the largest companies in the world. All in less time than the CPUC has taken to finish their "rulemaking" proceeding (R.12-12-011). Individually, we are low paid workers and cannot fight this unfair competition by ourselves. Together however, we stand, with truth and facts on our side, a mighty fist!