The very popular ride-sharing service, Uber has southern California drivers of the company in a bit of an uproar over pay cuts that Uber has implemented. The frustrated ride-share drivers scheduled a 25-hour strike on Monday, March 25, 2019. This would not be the first strike to be held. In the past a similar protest were organized at LAX in 2017. Will a strike help get their feelings and point across?
Last week, Uber slashed per-mile pay 25 percent from 80 cents to 60 cents in Los Angeles County and parts of Orange County. Uber is reversing the 25% increase that they made back in September. Frustration runs high amongst these ride-share drivers and they are demanding all ride-share companies guarantee a $28 hourly minimum rate.
According to the Rideshare Drivers United Los Angeles, Monday’s demonstration will be “the largest coordinated action among rideshare drivers in the United States.” The rapidly growing ride-share service has created numerous jobs for many people, not only in southern California but around the world! It’s a very popular way to transport around your city. For some of these drivers, Uber has changed their life around from being homeless or unemployed and gave them a job to get back onto their feet and to financially support themselves.
Ride-share companies and food-delivery Apps drivers find it challenging to organize because they are considered independent contractors and not employees. It can be difficult for drivers to communicate with each other or coordinate actions since it is through an app.
There has been some victories with the ride-share services. In New York City, regulators imposed a minimum wage for Uber and Lyft contractors. We will have to patiently wait to see how the strike in southern California pans out for the ride-share drivers.