Uber, Lyft Drivers Set To Go On Strike In New York
Drivers for the popular ridesharing apps are planning a two-hour strike in New York this week. Prepare to have your commute disrupted.
In an effort to obtain better work conditions, Uber and Lyft drivers are going on strike on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. According to USA Today, drivers for the ridesharing services will go on a two-hour strike in major cities across the U.S. One of those cities is New York City.
USA Today reports that drivers are seeking better pay, more job security, and the regulation of fares. Drivers for Uber and Luft are considered independent contractors, not full-time employees. In December 2018, New York City was the first city to pass a minimum wage for app drivers, with a rate of $17.22 per hour after expenses. The rate has been effective since January 2019.
The timing of the strike is especially important. The strike is planned for Wednesday, May 8, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., according to USA Today. This is right before Uber is supposed to go public or have it's Initial Public Offering (IPO) on Wall Street. They are offering 180 million shares with a market value of $91 billion.