Update: Uber has responded to SEIU's criticisms.
"Insufficient service plagued neighborhoods for decades before Uber," spokesperson Taylor Bennett tells New Times. "Today, trips originating in underserved areas have been growing faster than ever in South Florida, because residents simply didn't have another option before Uber. The fact is, Uber is the most affordable and reliable choice for transportation across all neighborhoods."
As for the claim that Uber doesn't service those with disabilities, Bennett says, "The Uber app is built to expand access to transportation options for all, including persons with disabilities and we are constantly innovating our platform and operations to meet that demand. Uber has been lauded by the blind and visually-impaired community for increasing their freedom and mobility, and the Uber app is fully VoiceOver iOS compatible and uses every feature of the iPhone."
Original post: Broward commissioners are expected to decide if they're going to add ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft to their taxi regulations and laws. For its part, Uber has said it will cooperate with the county, though that may be a dubious promise.
Cabdrivers have already expressed frustration over Uber operating while ignoring the county's regulations, and they are afraid the playing field will be continue to be uneven if Uber and Lyft are allowed to operate with impunity. And now the SEIU Florida Public Services Union is jumping into the debate, announcing that it plans speak on behalf of cabdrivers at a 2 p.m. commission meeting today.More »