Uber drivers plan strike

“Over 75 percent (of drivers) drive less than 10 hours a week to supplement their existing jobs,” Lyft said in a statement.

Uber Pushes Back On State Law Requiring Ride Sharing Vehicles To Have Illuminated SignsUber drivers across the United States and the world are being encouraged to stay off the ride-share app for the next 24-hours as workers push for higher hourly wages ahead of the company’s planned initial public offering on Thursday.

The strike is expected to affect riders in major cities like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Boston.

“Uber estimates that 15 percent of their revenues come from airport pickups,” Lyft driver Karim Bayumi said in a statement issued by Rideshare Drivers United-Los Angeles, the group organizing the work stoppage. “We provide an essential service, but Uber and Lyft investors are (the) only ones reaping the benefits.”

It’s unclear how many Uber and Lyft drivers plan to participate in the 24-hour work stoppage. There are about 3 million drivers driving for the app globally.

Drivers have long complained about the company’s tactics, who they say inaccurately treat drivers as contractors and not employees. As contractors, drivers lack sick and paid vacation days and must pay for their own expenses, such as gasoline and maintenance on their vehicle.

Both Uber and Lyft have recently cut the per-mile rate drivers earn in certain cities, with some drivers estimating they’ve lost up to 20 percent of their earnings after the new rates were introduced.

Uber competitor, Lyft, issued a statement that said its drivers’s hourly earnings had actually increased over the last two years, earning over $10 billion while working for their app.

“Over 75 percent (of drivers) drive less than 10 hours a week to supplement their existing jobs,” Lyft said in a statement. “On average, Lyft drivers earn over $20 per hour. 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.”

Uber praised the work of its drivers in a statement issued earlier this week, saying that “thousands of people come into work at Uber every day focused on how to make (drivers’) experience better, on and off the road. Whether it’s more consistent earnings, stronger insurance protections or fully funded four- year degrees for drivers or their families, we’ll continue working to improve the experience for and with drivers.”

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