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Action on UberHQ

Originally Posted – February 3rd UTWSD Members and Staff participating in an action on UberHQ with the The Center on Policy Initiatives! We delivered a letter demanding that they need to halt anti-worker and anti-union activity, and they need to end discriminatory practices against their drivers and customers! Thank you also to the San Diego Labor-Council and SEIU Local 1000 organizers, and all the other community supporters who came out for this action! #DeleteUber #UberRideswithHate #whosdrivingyou#SanDiego #SD #Taxi #Union #UnionCab #1U#StandwithRefugees
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Otay Water Board meeting

Originally posted on March 2nd Our UTWSD Organizer, William, spoke up at the Otay Water Board meeting yesterday and demanded that Hector Gastelum resign his position, or be prepared to be removed from office. Racist, Islamophobic rants by elected officials are not welcome in our community. Here are a few links to news stories about the meeting http://www.10news.com/news/demands-for-resignation-following-racist-rant http://www.10news.com/news/team-10/demands-for-recall-election-over-anti-muslim-tweet
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The necessity of regulating Uber and Lyft

Originally Posted – Friday, July 29, 2016, at 5:53 pm PDT Yesterday morning MTS held their monthly board meeting, and many UTW members and driver advocates spoke upon the necessity of regulating Uber and Lyft, and the underhanded way that MTS has given preference to TNCs (Transportation Networking Companies) in marketing and in servicing San Diegans. We demanded MTS to stop giving our business away! We are the partners that pay you! Not UberPool. We estimate that Uber and Lyft have now taken over 60% of the taxi business in San Diego over the last few years, and they’ve been
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FRED (Free Ride Everywhere Downtown) Program

Originally Posted – Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 11:27am PDT Some of our drivers have been asking us about the new FRED (Free Ride Everywhere Downtown) program will take anyone anywhere downtown for free. We have been fighting against this program for nearly two years, and the launch of this program yesterday was a massive slap in the face to all taxi drivers working downtown. Downtown is one of the few places where taxis can still make money on a consistent basis, and offering the same service for free using money from the city’s general fund directly undercuts the taxi
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Thank you to all the drivers who came to the Airport Authority Board Meeting

Originally Posted – Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:08pm PDT Thank you to all the drivers who came to the Airport Authority Board Meeting today. As many of you know, UTW has been fighting to open the Airport permitting process for 14 months now. There has been a lot of push-back, and this campaign has been met with many delays by airport staff (including some last-minute attempts to push the resolution to December), but walking into this meeting this morning we had a lot of hope that today was going to be the day that we were finally going to
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KPBS | San Diego Taxi Union Wants City To Better Regulate Uber, Lyft

Original Source: KPBS | San Diego Taxi Union Wants City To Better Regulate Uber, Lyft “The United Taxi Workers of San Diego says the cab industry is unfairly regulated compared to ride-share companies, such as Uber and Lyft, and is calling on drivers in the region to push for reforms. In a flier uploaded to its Facebook page this month, the union urged its more than 800 members and the rest of the nearly 1,300 cabbies in the area to unite to “make the transportation industry fair for all drivers.” The taxi industry here has been fragmented since not all
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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
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