We are Rideshare Drivers United, a group of thousands of determined drivers fighting passionately for economic and environmental justice, transparency, safety, and a voice on the job in the gig economy. With most of us earning less than minimum wage after gas and car expenses, we are being exploited by companies that are working hard to avoid even the most basic labor standards.
But it's not just about ride share. More than 50% of US jobs will be freelance by 2027 and if we don't stop this trend, healthcare workers, teachers, and many more could be deployed by apps in the future, and as a result lose basic labor rights. In pursuit of huge profits, that is the future these billionaire investors and tech CEOs want. Right now they’re targeting the transportation and shipping industries like taxis, truckers, and port workers but they are moving into almost every industry. We must stand up for the everyday working person to stop this codification of income inequality.
Our strike on LA-based March 25th was hugely successful, and helped get the word out about Lyft and Uber's exploitative labor practices, right as Lyft was IPO'ing. Uber is now set to IPO on May 10th, and on May 8th, Uber and Lyft drivers are planning a 24 hour strike of the large LA Metro Area. All day May 8th we are picketing at LAX where the companies make huge profits and drivers often earn less than 50% of the passengers' fares.
In addition, independent rideshare driver organizations across the country are taking action that same day! Someare organizing protests at Uber offices, while others turning their apps off and striking - from San Francisco to Chicago to Philadelphia to DC, and the list of cities where drivers are committing to strike is growing. Drivers are inspiring a movement!
Now more than ever we need your support for the LA Strike. We need to pay for food, water, a shuttle bus, a parking lot, our phone bill to reach our 4200+ members, materials for leaflets and signs. We are a young, independent, driver-led organization that is relying on the work of volunteers and your support to make all this happen.
We deeply appreciate your support - and look forward to seeing you on the picket lines at LAX on 5/8. Remember, drivers and passengers, Lyft and Uber APPS OFF 5/8! #StrikeUberLyft !
Max Belasco, University Professional and Technical Employees-Communication Workers of America local 9119 member
Brian Dolber, California Faculty Association member
Caroline Luce, United Auto Workers and American Federation of Teachers member
Gillian Russom, Board member, United Teachers Los Angeles
Claire Douglas, San Diego Educators Association and California Teachers Association member
Elizabeth Lalasz, nurse representative, National Nurses United member, Chicago
Sherry Wolf, Senior Organizer, Rutgers American Association of University Professors-American Federation of Teacher and CWA local 1032 member