IAM 751 backed ordinance giving Uber drivers a voice
SEATTLE — The legislative director for Machinists Union District Lodge 751 was the first person to testify in favor of a proposed Seattle city ordinance that would give drivers for app-based companies like Uber and Lyft collective bargaining rights.
The Seattle City Council voted 8-0 to pass the ordinance — the first of its kind nationwide — after the public hearing on Dec. 14.
Here is the text of IAM 751 Legislative Director Larry Brown’s testimony:
“My name is Larry Brown. I am the legislative and political director for the aerospace machinists union, District Lodge 751.
“I am here speaking in favor of the ordinance that would give Uber and Lyft drivers the right to join a union and collectively bargain.
“Technological advancement is a wonderful thing. It creates convenience for our very busy lives.
“However, just because we have a new tool, businesses cannot be allowed to use that tool to deny workers their rights under the law. That law, the National Labor Relations Act, must be allowed to work for these drivers.
“I urge your support for Council Member O’Brien’s legislation to give these workers a voice.”
Originally formed in 1935 by hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 33,000 working men and women at 52 employers across Washington and California.
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