The latest from the NY Taxi Workers Alliance
Taxi workers Unite!
NYTWA has a plan to unite drivers in every sector – yellow, green, black car, livery and app dispatched – and STOP our crisis. Join us on July 10th to call for City Council to act on our demands!
** Require the taxi meter the minimum fare across the industry and then Raise the rates
** Cap the Number of For Hire Vehicles (FHVs)
** Require App drivers receive minimum 80% of the fare
** Cap FHV driver vehicle and commission expenses
** Have a program to stop owner-driver bankruptcies and foreclosures
** Fees on the App companies not App drivers. No one App restriction.
**Cap TLC fines and No suspension/revocation + fine
** Stop Congestion Pricing
** Health Fund with retirement for all drivers
Read our complete policy platform on NYTWA.org
As we get ready to take over Broadway on July 10th, here is the latest update: NYC’s Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) asked economists to study how much App drivers are making and to support a TLC proposal where App companies could charge anything they want to the passenger and then use a rate set by TLC on mileage and time on every trip to decide payment on the trip for the driver.
So remember how just when Uber started to charge passengers more on trips, they came up with Upfront Pricing, where they stopped letting drivers get a percentage of that money (revenue)? Drivers across the country, including NYTWA members, sued to stop it because we saw the receipts that showed Uber took way more from the passenger compared to what they paid the driver. Uber made more. Drivers made less.
Well, now, the TLC wants to turn this Uber business practice into a regulation. The TLC proposal would let the companies charge passengers whatever they want and lets Uber cut drivers out of that revenue. In exchange, Uber, Lyft etc. would have to use rates set by the TLC to add up how much the driver gets paid on every trip. The TLC believes these rates will leave drivers making NYC’s minimum wage after taxes and expenses, as long as the driver has no more than $20,000 in yearly expenses.
The TLC’s pay proposal locks app drivers in at minimum wage at a time when Uber & company are finally turning a profit – and lets Uber continue the race to the bottom that has left drivers in financial crisis.
We need to fix this crisis for drivers in EVERY sector! Keep pushing for City Hall to pass regulations – one regulated minimum rate of fare for all sectors, cap FHVs, cap FHV car expenses, and guarantee FHV drivers 80 percent of whichever is higher – the regulated rate of fare or the upfront pricing fee charged to passengers.
Let’s keep moving forward, with our eyes sharp on the prize – our demands!
We want a life of dignity and reward for our hard labor.
United, We Will Win! Together, We Can Fix Our Crisis.
JOIN THE RALLY ON JULY 10th AND BUILD OUR POWER!