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.

We are always looking for good volunteers to help with our campaigns. To Volunteer click here

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

  • Say NO to Dispatches that Fight Against You!

    Happy Friday night drivers! We’ve been getting complaints from drivers who have received phone calls from Yellowcab directly after or before they went to MTS to get their permit applications to solicite them to join their dispatch. We want to remind our drivers that Yellowcab, USA Cab, Orange Cab and others fought AGAINST drivers from having their own permits. They spoke out and lobbied the City and MTS to try and stop the policy from going forward. This was all on public record! Watch the November 10th City Council Meeting to see various permit holders and dispatch companies speak out against the reform. Currently these same dispatch companies are also suing MTS to reverse the Cities decision to lift the cap! Driver members are working hard and are close to gaining certification for a driver run dispatch that is affordable and equitable. We’re meeting with marketing firms to make this a successful social enterprise for both drivers and the community. Stay the course! This is a new time and we must move forward together. Say NO to dispatch companies that are fighting to take your medallion away! Have ideas or feedback? Contact us! info@utwsd.org (619)255-7355 In Solidarity, UTWSD
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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!