Going on strike for Uber

All over the world, drivers for Uber, Lyft, adn Juno, which are some of the biggest rideshare companies happened to go on strike. That means you should probably not try and use these services. The LA- based RIdeshare United, has taken a lead role in the strike. They are going on strike for multiple reasons such as : fair pay, just cause provisions, union recognition, and environmentally friendly reforms such as vehicle cap and new emission standards. “‘  We ask that the public support drivers in their struggle for fair wages and our driver bill of rights,’ RDU spokesperson Brian Dolber told NPR. ‘We are calling for community standards that will ensure that Uber and Lyft do not create needless traffic and pollution. By boycotting Uber and Lyft for 24 hours, passengers can show that they stand with RDU in our fight for a RIdeshare industry that truly serves Angelenos.’” According to a list complied on Google docs, pickets are taking place in over a dozen cities across the US, as well as at least in the UK, Australia, and Uruguay. If you don’t live in the cities listed, show some solidarity and refrain from using these apps today. If you do, don’t cross that line.

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‘“ We have no sick leave, and are forced to drive long hours to make ends meet,’ Melbourne based Uber, driver Robin, told the New York Times. Uber , for one, can afford all of that; fair wages, sick leave, and more. It’s all about to hit New York Stock exchange at an IPO of up to $91 billion dollars. Lyft, meanwhile, hit the Nasdaq earlier this year with an IPO of nearly $25 billion dollars. “

Virginia state Rep. Lee Carter, an outspoken socialist, tweeted earlier this week that he drives for Lyft on the side and said he’s joining the strikes in solidarity. “ Because of the low pay at the general assembly , I’ve been driving for lyft on the side to make ends meet. I’m striking on Wednesday with thousands of my fellow rideshare drivers. Don’t cross the picket line. Don’t do it. Don’t cross the picket line. Just Don’t,”, said his tweet. Another tweet from Clint Smith said, “Shout out to the Uber and Lyft drivers going on strike today. These folks deserve better wages than what they are currently receiving. Please consider supporting them by using a different means of transportation.” He’s right, don’t use Uber or anything today. Maybe you can go out and walk, some of you might want to or need the exercise.

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