Uber And Lyft Drivers Are Striking - And Call On Passengers To Boycott

REDONDO BEACH CA- MARCH 25 Driver and strike organizer Nicole Moore speaks during a one-day strike against Uber and Lyft in front of an Uber office. Over 200 drivers marched with signs and protested a recent 25% deduction in pay for Uber drivers

Uber's IPO is about to hit the market. In its IPO filing, Uber said it had paid $837 million in "excess driver incentives" past year. "So why are Uber drivers struggling to put food on the table?", Sanders tweeted.

Rideshare drivers are planning to strike and rally again - this time, ahead of Uber's impending IPO. Uber customers in Los Angeles reported being offered $10 off of all rides this week as well.

Sharon Block, executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School, which is Harvard's forum for research and teaching on the world of work and its implications for society.

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"Whether it's being able to track your earnings, new safety features, or stronger insurance protections, we'll continue working to improve the experience for and with drivers". In the US, driver groups in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and other large cities said they would participate in the strike and encouraged users to boycott the apps as well.

"Over 75 percent (of drivers) drive less than 10 hours a week to supplement their existing jobs", according to Lyft.

Don Creery, a Seattle Uber driver who plans to strike Wednesday, said he's seen a decrease in the share of ride fares he keeps in the five years he's been driving.

"We know that access to flexible, extra income makes a big difference for millions of people, and we're constantly working to improve how we can best serve our driver community", Lyft said.

An Uber spokesman told Reuters drivers were at the heart of its service and the company was committed to ensuring drivers get sustainable earnings, even though some were making less than they did three years ago.

App-based drivers in New York City are already legally entitled to a minimum wage of about $17 an hour, which is $2 higher than the state's mandated minimum wage of $15 for other employees, to allow for expenses.

The new threat to Uber is emerging as the San Francisco company pursues an initial public offering of stock that could raise $9 billion when the deal is completed later this week.

The drivers also plan to rally outside the Long Island City officesfor both companies Wednesday afternoon. She expects about 100 drivers to gather for a demonstration in the Loop at 3 p.m. Wednesday, then move toward City Hall to stage a protest.

Well, if you haven't really thought much about Uber's or Lyft's business models or about the drivers taking you to and fro, you're probably assuming, "Sure, they're not getting rich, but they make a decent wage; especially if they work full-time".

Cities where Uber drivers are protesting or shutting off the app include San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia and Seattle.

The two sides settled that dispute previous year in a deal that required Uber to give Alphabet another bundle of stock that was worth $245 million at the time the truce was reached.

Unlike its larger, more global rival, Lyft focuses nearly exclusively on ride-hailing in the United States.

Drivers argue the road to both companies' IPOs has been carried on the backs of workers whom Uber and Lyft have insisted for years are merely contractors. Uber is likewise appealing a 2017 ruling from a judge in Sao Paulo, one of Uber's most important markets, that a driver is an employee deserving of benefits. Uber estimates its take rate ranged from 12 to 25 percent in 2018, depending on the geographic area, according to the company's SEC filing.

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