How can workers make a living wage in a technology driven rush to the bottom?
Service industries are being reinvented by Silicon Valley companies. Customers are connected directly to service providers bypassing traditional means of regulation, examples are Uber and Lyft, two of the best known alternative transportation solutions.
Although Uber was recently fined $7.3m for not providing enough information to the California PUC on accidents and how it provides services to disabled passengers, and has been banned from operating in Germany and Italy, it is reportedly valued at over $40 billion by Wall Street who sees in it the future of cash generation and wage control.
Wall Street investors dream of employees all becoming contractors, with limited rights and who furiously compete with each other to offer companies their lowest rates.
In such a world who advocates for proper regulation? Who educates the independent contractors to their rights? Who empowers the drivers?
Come along to our monthly meeting to meet and learn from clubmember Sarah Saez.
Sarah currently serves as a board member for Mid-City Community Advocacy Network the Foundation for Change and as a delegate of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Central Labor Council where she sits on committees focusing on policy, organizing, and immigration.
Sarah is Program Director for United Taxi Workers of San Diego and was instrumental in leading a historic victory to lift the cap on taxi permits, allowing drivers to become small business owner-operators, helping to transform a group of unorganized, exploited workers into a well-recognized, well-respected force for change.
The strategies and lessons learned are applicable in the fight for a living wage for all workers threatened by the rise of the 1099 economy.
Sarah is running for election in 2016 to the San Diego City Council to represent District 9.
- hearing from Eva Posner, Communications Coordinator for the San Diego County Democratic Party, on planned protests against ALEC for July 22
- voting on a new club president
- considering HR1111 for endorsement
- considering a ‘Resolution calling for the Prohibition of Exploited and Wild Animals in Traveling Circuses and Exhibitions’
- hearing from the California Clean Money Campaign (the sponsor of AB 700) on the California DISCLOSE Act
Come along and meet with a group of committed progressives making a game changing effort to take the Democratic message across the county!
The meeting is at 4089 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105 co-located with the AjA Project, and parking is also available at the adjoining Southern Sudanese and East African Community Centers on Fairmount Ave.
July 20, 2015 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm
AjA Project Building, 4089 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105 (map)
Susan Peinado · firstname.lastname@example.org · (619) 430-4259
Members are encouraged to get together from 6:30PM before the meeting starts, please bring whatever light drinks/snacks that you’d like to share.
Membership – You can join or renew online from our Membership page where you can pay by Credit Card or with PayPal.
If you prefer you can send a check to:
Democratic Woman’s Club
PO Box 70199
San Diego, CA 92167
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[…] a great presentation by (and discussion with) Sarah Saez (United Taxi Workers of San Diego) on Making a Living Wage in the 1099 Economy. The focus was on taxi drivers, the rise of Uber and Lyft, and the move to contracted (1099) […]