Press Release

AFL-CIO Statement on Seattle Vote Allowing ‘Ride-Share’ Drivers to Organize

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on yesterday’s vote by the Seattle City Council allowing drivers for ‘ride-share’ companies such as Uber and Lyft to organize:
The “on-demand” or “gig” economy isn’t really run by apps or machines; it’s powered by the labor of working people.  The vote by the Seattle City Council represents progress in the fight to extend collective bargaining rights to all workers, regardless of whether they drive for Uber or work in a factory.  Whether your work is online or offline, everyone deserves the right to speak up together on the job.  We applaud the drivers for taking a stand on this important issue, and stand with working people across the country in their efforts to have their voices heard and create a better life.

Contact: Anthony DeAngelo (202) 637-5018