Ride-sharing is a popular concept that's taking form in many cities across the country. With the app-based concept coming to life through companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, requesting a ride has never been as easy as the tap of your finger, but the pressure on this growing industry is heating up from taxi groups and local governments.
As ride-share companies are campaigning for support, so too are the companies' drivers. And in Seattle, a group of Uber drivers came together to create an association to represent their interests when it comes to negotiations.
After a series of driver firings because of unresolved customer service issues or non-satisfactory background checks along with possible city regulations by the Seattle City Council, which makes the ride-sharing industry's future uncertain, App-Based Drivers Association was established. A group of 200 Seattle-area Uber drivers elected a leadership team who put together bylaws in support of Teamsters Local Union 117. The association will represent the drivers on their behalf when it comes to negotiations with the company and local government.
"We set a framework for the future and for the workers who follow us," Daniel Ajema, member of the association said in a story published on the website, Associations Now, said. "From now on, our dignity will be protected in the workplace."
While App-Based Drivers Association is the first of its kind, there is the possibility that ride-sharing unions specific to each major city will be forming across the U.S.