December 16, 2015
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
A new Seattle ordinance would give all taxi drivers and transportation workers, including Uber and Lyft workers, the right to organize unions and bargain collectively.
Leonard Smith is Director of Organizing and Strategic Campaigns for Teamsters Local 117 in Seattle.
[Leonard Smith]: "It doesn't change their classification under law, it just simply says that they have the right – if they so choose – to form a union and bargain. This is simply about people who are being treated as employees, and are being mistreated as employees while working for these companies. And so these workers are simply saying, 'look I don't mind doing this work, I just want to have a say in my work , and how it's done and how much I can make and what my rights are. To hear the audio click the following link labor http://www.laborradio.org