Campaigns

At UTWSD, our campaigns in and around the communityUTWc2 are vital to raising our voices together for a better life for all drivers in San Diego and their families.

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Our Team

The UTWSD team is the heart of our organization. OurTeamLogoWorking tirelessly to meet with elected officials, committees and attend hearings and meetings, the UTWSD team works hard every day. But most of the work, you don’t even see. The organizing, strategizeing and planning that goes into every presentation and hearing is where the magic happens. And we couldn’t do it without YOU, our members.

UTWSD News

  • Airport Victory 6.23.16 (Video and Pictures)

    Congratulations drivers! Today’s Airport meeting went very well! UTWSD advocated to level the playing field between taxis and rideshares. Agenda Item 13 would have allowed rideshares to remain at the Airport permanently. After speakers and discussion and many unanswered questions by rideshare companies, the board voted to extend the program as a pilot instead of making it permanent until the questions are answered. Additionally, the board has committed to discussing opening the Airport in the fall! For public comment we had UTWSD members Kidane and Alem and legal intern Chris Morse speak about equity at the Airport including the rental car taxi stand. Under Agenda 13 for TNC’s UTWSD members Michael and Max spoke as well as UTWSD President Mikaiil and board member Jesse. Boardmember Mary Sessom made the motion to extend the pilot program until important questions in regard to the rideshares were answered including approximately how many trips were serviced during the duration of the program.  The motion was seconded by board member Greg Cox. Boardmember Mark Kersey asked MTS to provide data on lifting the cap in regard to the market being flooded at the City and also raised a concern about the airport not having enough room. Boardmember Jim Desmond asked a lot of great questions and made it a point to say he supports creating an equal playing field for both taxi drivers and rideshares. Board President Robert Gleason was also very vocal in his support of equality for drivers. This is the first step toward victory. We have to continue standing together if we want to ensure that the Airport is open to all and that they create a level playing field when it comes to taxis and rideshares!! Thank you to all the drivers who came out to fight today! Special shout out to drivers who spoke and our UTWSD staff who helped lay the groundwork for today’s meeting. We can only achieve this together! JOIN UTWSD today to become a union member and receive exclusive benefits including up to date information on our fight for a better taxi industry and encourage other drivers to join with you. We will be having a membership meeting next month to discuss steps going forward. TOGETHER WE WILL WIN! See Video of Today’s Meeting Part 1 – Agenda #13 – COMING SOON Part 2 – Agenda #13 Non Agenda Public Comment Slides From Today: Pictures From Today:
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Advocate

As working class, taxi drivers do not often experience fair opportunities to access the American Dream. UTWSD helps by providing free council concerning the taxi industry and works alongside our driver members to advocate for change. UTWSD acts as a liaison facilitating dialog, fair treatment, and input on policy issues in order to facilitate positive cultural communication throughout the industry. A strong drivers’ voice in civil life helps ensure drivers’ rights are protected. Overall, UTWSD helps improve working conditions, policies, and driver benefits including health, safety and well being.

Educate

UTWSD is committed to improve the image of the San Diego taxicab industry through continued advanced, culturally and linguistically appropriate training to both our drivers and the general public.

Organize

UTWSD is a a multi-ethnic membership-based organization formed in January 2010 immediately following the taxi drivers’ strike of December 2009. High lease prices, harassment by law enforcement and public transportation officials, and a generally languishing taxi industry necessitated better self representation and organization among drivers. Striking drivers appointed leadership and formed UTWSD. Since then UTWSD drivers have lead the charge in effectuating real change for the taxi industry here in San Diego.

Empower

UTWSD drivers started to become civically engaged in order to address various issues they face in the taxi industry. They’ve done this by studying City government, attending meetings and registering hundreds of community members to vote. Our community is ready to organize and engage!