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Mayor Durkan Celebrates City Council’s Unanimous Vote to Pass Her “Fare Share” Plan to Mandate Minimum Compensation for Uber and Lyft Drivers, Invest in Housing and Transit

Seattle (November 25, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement on the City Council’s unanimous 9-0 vote to approve her “Fare Share” plan, which she announced on September 19. Mayor Durkan will sign her Fare Share plan into law later this week.

“Our Fare Share plan invests in first-in-the-nation protections for drivers, more housing near transit, and transit projects that will help keep Seattle moving. It is the right thing to do, and I applaud the City Council for moving quickly to ensure that more drivers can afford to live near where they work, and everyone, regardless of income or ability level, has access to high-quality transit.

“Seattle is a national leader in ensuring our workers are treated fairly and can build a better life for themselves and their loved ones. From the Fight for $15 to our Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, we’ve always been the city that puts our workers before any company’s bottom line. The Fare Share plan makes sure our hard-fought worker protections are available for our Uber and Lyft drivers, who work long hours to help all of us get where we need to go.

“Last week, we announced that we have selected a team to undertake the complex task of evaluating average hourly work and expenses for Uber and Lyft drivers. Following this study of this unique business model and robust input from the driver community, we will move forward to require fair wages for drivers next summer.”