FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/15/2015
Councilmember O’Brien to Host Panel with Uber Drivers, National Employment Law Project Wednesday
SEATTLE – Councilmember Mike O’Brien will host a panel discussion tomorrow regarding the working experience of transportation network company drivers ("TNCs", e.g., Uber, Lyft) and review a recent report from the National Employment Law Project titled, "Rights on Demand: Ensuring Workplace Standards and Worker Security in the On-Demand Economy." Uber drivers will also share their personal experiences.
Council’s Finance and Culture Committee is currently reviewing legislation that would give eligible drivers at taxi, for-hire, and TNCs a voice on the job and the opportunity to negotiate for improved working conditions at their companies. The bill, co-sponsored by Councilmember Mike O’Brien and Councilmember Nick Licata, would create a process whereby a majority of independently contracted drivers working for the same company could choose to join a Driver Representative organization to negotiate the pay rates and conditions of their employment.
The Finance and Culture Committee expects to vote on the legislation on Wednesday, September 23. For more information on the legislation, visit http://www.seattle.gov/council/issues/VoiceForDrivers/.
Panel discussion regarding drivers’ experiences working for TNCs (e.g., Uber, Lyft) and review of National Employment Law Project report
Wednesday, September 16
Seattle City Hall
Council Chamber, Second Floor
600 4th Ave., Seattle 98104
Seattle City Councilmembers
National Employment Law Project