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

  • No ALEC zone. JULY 22

    MASS PROTEST WED. JULY 22ND!

    STOP MEGA CORPORATIONS LIKE UBER FROM THREATENING OUR DEMOCRACY! The latest threat to working families is coming to San Diego! Join workers, politicians, activists as we converge from around the nation to Stop ALEC in San Diego, July 22, 2015 at 3pm and 5pm! The event will start with a rally and then a march from Embarcadero Park North to the Grand Hyatt Hotel (Harbor at Kettner). ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – a powerful special interest group of corporations and politicians that meet behind closed doors. ALEC works to pass laws that slash wages, cut retirement, weaken health and safety, and destroy the middle class. And they’re coming to San Diego! We must stand together to protect our families, our jobs, and communities! WE NEED CRITICAL MASS AT THE HOTEL AT 5:o0PM on JULY 22. Drivers are being asked to line up or drive by and honk at both locations if possible (Embarcadero and the Grand Hyatt). MANY OTHER EVENTS ARE PLANNED BUT PLEASE TRY TO ADD YOUR PRESENCE TO THE GRAND HYATT HOTEL AT 5PM AND SPREAD THE WORD TO OTHER DRIVERS! 7/22 3pm – (Union sponsored) Rally at Embarcadero Park North 4pm – March through SD to Grand Hyatt Hotel 4:30 – March arrives at Hyatt 5:00 – Rally at Hyatt starts (speakers and music) ~6pm – Balloon Launch (Tethered giant balloons with signs) More about ALEC: Through the secretive meetings of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), corporate lobbyists and state legislators vote as equals on ‘model bills’ to change our rights that often benefit the corporations’ bottom line at public expense. ALEC is a pay-to-play operation where corporations buy a seat and a vote on ‘task forces’ to advance their legislative wish lists and can get a tax break for donations, effectively passing these lobbying costs on to taxpayers. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.) Corporations fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. PRIMARY MESSAGE: 1. Out of State Politicians who are on vacation here with their millionaire and billionaire friends should be back home working to make the lives of their constituents better, not scheming with lobbyists how to make their lives harder. 2. But ALEC has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in corporate lobbyist money on this vacation for politicians and corporate lobbyists so they can come up with a new round of bills which will harm America’s families. 3. The result of this junket: dozens of bills will be written by ALEC and forced into law across the country with no input from the voters whose lives will be affected. 4. These bills are nothing more than a way for the rich and powerful to squeeze every last dime they can out of families like ours all across the nation. 5. We do things differently here in California and are a model for the nation, and it’s time we stand up to ALEC to let them know they are not welcome here. Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. We agree. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door. Facebook Event Page
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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!