Drivers in LA are calling for a $28 hourly rate
Uber and Lyft drivers in Los Angeles will launch a 24-hour strike Wednesday in protest of wages they say are too low to make ends meet.
The planned strike is one of many protests planned across the nation this week in advance of Uber’s long-anticipated initial public offering on Friday.
The company announced plans last month to award cash bonuses to longtime drivers, but Rideshare Drivers United, an LA-based coalition of Uber and Lyft drivers, is asking for a longer-term commitment to higher pay.
Earlier this year, Uber restructured its pay formula for Los Angeles drivers, cutting per-mile rates by 25 percent. That move inspired a day-long strike in March outside of the companies Redondo Beach offices.
This week’s action will take place at Los Angeles International Airport, where Uber and Lyft have been authorized to pick up passengers since 2016 (though Lyft got the go-ahead at the tail-end of 2015).
In documents submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Uber estimates that nearly one-quarter of its business comes from just five cities, including Los Angeles; 15 percent comes from trips to and from an airport.
“We provide an essential service, but Uber and Lyft investors are only ones reaping the benefits,” Lyft driver Karim Bayumi said in a statement,
The strike is scheduled from 12 a.m. Wednesday to 12 a.m. Thursday, with picketing at the airport to start at 5 a.m. A simultaneous strike will take place at San Diego International Airport, and shorter actions are also planned in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and other U.S. cities.
Organizers of the strike are also asking Uber and Lyft customers to avoid using the apps tomorrow.
Source: Curbed LA – All – Elijah Chiland