The GSBA Blog

Letter from Uber on Rideshare Regulations

| Dec 05, 2016

GSBA has not yet taken any position on the issues mentioned below. As a matter of policy, GSBA does not weigh in on matters of unionization. Uber is a member of GSBA and has asked that we post this letter for our membership to see.

We’re reaching out to our community partners about the City’s plans to deny thousands of drivers the right to vote on their future, which puts local jobs at risk and could make it difficult for rideshare companies like Uber to continue operating in Seattle.


The City has just released draft rules to implement a law that enables the Teamsters to represent rideshare, for-hire, and taxi drivers. These rules give a minority of drivers the power to make decisions for everyone. They also offer no protections for driver privacy or protection from harassment or retaliation from the union.


Uber respects and upholds the right of drivers to decide whether they want to be represented by a union. We believe every driver should have a voice in that decision. We hope you’ll support our effort to let the City know the current approach is not right. The deadline for public comment is Tuesday, December 6 and there are several ways you can get involved:


  1. Take a minute to hear the perspective of Debra, a local Uber driver-partner.
  2. Visit to learn more and reach out to the City of Seattle.
  3. Let @CityofSeattle know that #EveryDriverCounts and share on Twitter and Facebook.
  4. Sign up to join the Drive Forward Community Advisory Committee.
  5. Sign up to attend a public hearing at City Hall on December 6 at 1:30 p.m.
  6. Forward this email to your network and urge others to speak up for Seattle drivers.

Brooke Steger
General Manager, Uber PNW


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