Uber and Lyft Drivers On Major Strike

Uber and Lyft Drivers On Major Strike

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: An Uber car waits for a client in Manhattan a day after it was announced that Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick will take a leave of absence as chief executive on June 14, 2017 in New York City. The move came after former attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr. and his law firm, Covington & Burling, released 13 pages of recommendations compiled as part of an investigation of sexual harassment at the ride-hailing car service. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Uber and Lyft drivers are on strike! Starting at 12:01 a.m. this morning, Los Angeles Rideshare Drivers United encouraged drivers from both companies to turn off their apps.

Other major cities including New York, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco have joined, and are all extremely busy cities. The strike has even reached Canada and the U.K.! Who knows if Uber or Lyft will feel this stoppage, but we know taxicab companies will. The strike is only directing more business to them.

The alliance released a statement by one Uber driver, Sonam Lama, who said, “We want Uber to answer to us, not to investors.” He continued saying, “The gig economy is all about exploiting workers by taking away our rights. It has to stop.” 

What keeps some drivers motivated to continue is the billions of dollars’ worth of stock offerings. Just last month Lyft sold its shares to the public and lost $1.1 billion their first quarter. Perhaps drivers will start seeing a little more mula in their account, or maybe it just won’t be enough to survive out here in L.A..

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