Support the 5/8 Rideshare Drivers Strike!

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Created May 2, 2019
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 !


Local endorsers:

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 


National endorsers:

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
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WE DID IT! Drivers - whose workplace is our phone and our cars - are supposed to be isolated and powerless - and on Wednesday thousands of us ALL OVER THE WORLD - struck, took action, and sent the strongest message yet that it's NOT OK to have a business model based on total exploitation of the workforce.

Drivers participated in LA, SF, San Diego, Chicago, Atlanta, Dayton, NYC, Boston ... and we received messages from other US communities where drivers took actions as well. And across the world - 4 cities in the UK, France, Nairobi, Chile, Sao Paulo Brazil, 2 cities in Australia - in every continent drivers took action.

Together, drivers and our supporters - we have changed the conversation! You cannot say Uber and Lyft without thinking about how drivers are being exploited and mistreated.

Thank you to our supporters who were able to fund the shuttle bus that got us from our parking lot (donated by IBEW Local 11) to the strike line at the Airport, who helped feed us with a taco truck, and who paid for the materials to make the signs we carried, and paid for the phone service that allowed us to make all the phone calls to organize the strike! Labor Unions also supported us - and filled the gap so we were able to raise enough money to implement the gap.

In addition to the international strike we inspired, locally, there were many times during the day that the airport lots for Lyft and Uber were EMPTY! We know this means many more than our 4500 members struck - and that it had an impact on Uber & Lyft's revenues. As we write this, Uber's stock is also sinking - on the first day of their public offering. And this is in part because even investors see the danger of investing in a bad labor model.

Thank you so much for being part of this historic moment - and we will continue to fight until we win.

If you are able, consider making a monthly sustaining donation to the drivers of LA through our website - https://drivers-united.org/donate - help us keep the movement growing and sustain the fight.

Deepest thanks from all of us at Rideshare Drivers United!
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