Seattle Drivers - Know your Rights! - Drivers Union

Seattle Drivers - Know your Rights!


Uber and Lyft drivers in Seattle have won groundbreaking new worker rights, including paid sick days during COVID and a major pay raise to per-minute and per-mile pay. 

Drivers won by organizing together through Drivers Union to demand fairness.  Now, we must work together to enforce our rights.

If you believe you were not paid what you are owed – or witness any other potential violation of your rights – report it here so Drivers Union can fight to enforce your rights under the law.

Paid Sick and Safe Time

  • Accrual: Drivers earn 1 day of sick pay for every 30 days you give a ride in Seattle
  • Rate of Pay: Sick days are paid at your average daily compensation during your highest earning calendar month since October 2019
  • Eligibility: All drivers who have given at least 1 trip in Seattle in the past 90 days are eligible to use earned sick pay
  • Use: Sick pay can be used to care for yourself or a family member (including a doctor appointment), for reasons related to domestic violence, when a family member’s school or place of care has been closed, and other reasons permitted by law.
  • Verification: Uber/Lyft may request reasonable verification for uses of more than 3 consecutive days; however, healthcare provider documentation is not considered reasonable during a civil emergency.
  • Temporary Right: Drivers’ right to paid sick days will end 180 days after the end of the civil emergency due to COVID.
  • How to Apply: Drivers can apply to use your earned sick days in the app. In the Uber app, go to [Help > Earnings and Payment > General Fare Information >Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time]. In the Lyft App, go to [Help > Earnings and Bonuses > Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time].

Fair Pay in Seattle

  • Pay Rates. Under Seattle law, Uber and Lyft are required to increase minimum driver pay rates every month until they reach $1.33/mile and $0.57/minute in April 2021 (See schedule for monthly pay increases below). Starting in 2022, the law requires yearly adjustments to reflect increases to the cost of living.
  • $5 minimum. Drivers can never be paid less than $5 for a trip, including trips cancelled by the rider or the company.
  • What trips are covered. The law applies to all trips that start in Seattle, and to the Seattle portion of trips that start outside of Seattle. The City of Seattle limits are approximately SouthEast (I-5 & Boeing Access Road), SouthWest (I-509 & S Cloverdale St), and North (I-5 & NE 145th St). You can see a map of Seattle City Limits here.
  • Transparency. Uber and Lyft are required to provide drivers a transparent trip receipt within 24 hours of each trip that includes a breakdown of pay per-mile and per-minute, total passenger fare, and other items required by law. The law also requires a weekly pay summary.


Per-Mile Minimum

Per-Minute Minimum

January, 2021



February, 2021



March, 2021



April-December, 2021



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  • Satpal Purewal
    commented 2021-10-22 16:30:44 -0700
    I request to all drivers of Pierce County, Kent, Auburn, Puyallup , Bonney Lake and adjoining areas please join the Union .
  • Asif Wafai
    commented 2021-06-24 14:31:09 -0700
    Why just Seattle, why not the whole State, we drivers drive all over the State not just Settle, for example I drive mostly in Pierce County, Kent, Auburn, Puyallup , Bonney Lake and adjoining areas.
  • Joe Allen
    commented 2021-02-03 20:22:26 -0800
    Now can you focus on the whole state. Sucks that they retaliated and cut our pay outside of Seattle. I mean how many driver’s actually live in Seattle city limits. I know it was needed but should of been whole state and not city specific.
  • Joe Allen
    commented 2021-02-03 18:58:31 -0800
    I never get emails from Uber with my monthly total which I believe they’re required to do. Recently every time I try to go to use my sick pay it takes me to the earning screen when I click on request sick time
  • Joshua Welter
    published this page in News 2021-01-21 09:34:03 -0800

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