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Uber and Lyft drivers speak out in support of 'Fare Share' priorities

At a press conference at City Hall on Wednesday, Uber and Lyft drivers urged the Seattle City Council to support their ‘Fare Share’ priorities to establish a minimum pay standard with driver input, combat unwarranted deactivations, and fund driver support services and other community investments through a 51 cent tax on the ride-hail giants. At the event, drivers shared stories of how declining pay, a lack of basic labor protections, and sudden deactivation without recourse has impacted their livelihoods.   “Since I started driving for Uber, my pay has been cut in half," said Sukhchain Banwait who started driving for Uber in 2013. "But while driver pay has gone down, Uber charges my customers more and more and pockets the difference. I'm glad the City is looking at establishing a fair minimum pay standard to stop the race to the bottom in driver pay."  "I'm glad the City is looking at establishing a fair minimum pay standard to stop the race to the bottom in driver pay." Read more

Drivers slam deceptive political solicitations from Uber and Lyft

On Friday and Saturday, driver and rider email inboxes filled up with political solicitations from Uber and Lyft urging opposition to Mayor Durkan’s “Fare Share Plan.” The Mayor’s plan would establish labor protections for drivers and fund community investments in affordable housing, transit, and driver support services with a modest 51 cent per ride fee paid by the ride-hail companies.  Drivers called the company email solicitations deceptive and insulting, and were quick to point out the hypocrisy of the ride-hail giants masquerading as protectors of driver earnings after implementing a steady regimen of pay cuts for years.  In the headline of an email on Saturday, Lyft implored drivers to “help us protect your earnings.” “It’s insulting,” said Lyft driver Lata Ahmed. “Just a week ago, Lyft cut a tool that drivers have relied on to supplement low pay rates.  Now they think they can trick us into opposing labor protections to combat the pay cuts.  Drivers aren’t falling for it.” Read more

Seattle drivers support proposal to raise pay and address unwarranted deactivations

Seattle Uber and Lyft drivers responded favorably to a proposal put forth by Mayor Jenny Durkan today to raise driver pay and allow drivers to appeal unwarranted deactivations. The Mayor’s plan would engage the driver community in developing a fair pay standard. It would also give drivers who have been terminated from a TNC platform access to a hearing with representation before an appeals panel. “Drivers should not be fired by an algorithm without recourse,” said Mohamed Aria, who was one of the first Uber drivers in the Seattle market. “I helped Uber build their business, even referring my own customers. But after 6 years of high ratings and maximum customer satisfaction, I was deactivated without reason. It has been a year now since I lost the ability to work and support my family. The Uber staff at the local office have no answers. I applaud the Mayor for putting labor standards for drivers – including accountability and the right to appeal unfair deactivations – back on the city’s agenda.” Read more

Uber Drivers: "No Delay for Fair Pay"

Today, Uber drivers leafleted outside of Uber’s Seattle office, and at more than a dozen other driver gathering spots, to generate calls to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan calling on her office to immediately introduce legislation to raise driver pay and establish labor protections.   The leafleting actions come on the heels of Uber releasing a proposal to impose a $3.80 congestion toll on all Seattle commuters.  Drivers say the company’s $3.80 congestion toll plan is nothing more than an attempt to cause delay and avoid regulations that would raise driver pay and fund benefits. “Instead of focusing on congestion tolls, Uber needs to do right by their drivers first,” said Peter Kuel, an Uber and Lyft driver for more than 5 years and a leadership council member of the App-Based Drivers Association.  “Uber and Lyft should do today what every other business in Seattle already does – ensure drivers earn benefits like paid sick days and are never paid less than minimum wage after expenses.” Read more

Uber and Lyft drivers to leaflet more than a dozen locations

Uber and Lyft drivers will leaflet Uber’s Seattle office on Thursday, July 25 and at more than a dozen other driver gathering spots, to generate calls to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan calling on her office to immediately introduce legislation to raise driver pay and establish labor protections.  The leafleting action, organized by the App-Based Drivers Association, will begin at Uber’s Greenlight Hub at 4634 E. Marginal Way at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, July 25. Read more

Seattle drivers: Uber-funded special interest group doesn't speak for us

Uber driver Peter Kuel speaks out at a driver rally demanding fair pay and a voice. Uber-controlled Drive Forward attempts to silence growing driver-led movement for fair pay in Seattle Uber and Lyft drivers in Seattle exposed an Uber-controlled special interest group for trying to silence a growing driver-led movement for fair pay in Seattle by organizing a company-orchestrated PR event at City Hall. “We don’t need an Uber-funded special interest group to speak for us,” said Peter Kuel a Leadership Council member of the App-Based Drivers Association, and a driver who has driven over 27,000 trips on Uber and Lyft over the last 5 years.  “Let’s be clear. Drive Forward is a special interest group that was founded by Uber. They are funded by Uber. And their board is controlled by Uber. It’s insulting, but unfortunately not surprising, that they are trying to silence our growing driver-led movement for fair pay, due process on deactivations, and a voice.” Read more

Seattle drivers caravan for higher pay, better conditions at Uber and Lyft

Ride hail drivers took their vehicles on a slow procession through Seattle neighborhoods on Thursday to call for better working conditions at Uber and Lyft. Drivers ended their caravan at Seattle City Hall where they delivered their demands to City officials for fair pay, a due process to appeal deactivations, and a voice. SEE PHOTOS FROM DRIVER CARAVAN “We are tired of seeing Uber and Lyft siphon off bigger and bigger percentages of what riders pay,” said Fasil Teka, an Uber driver of 7 years. “It’s time for the City to ensure that drivers have the same rights as all workers in Seattle.”   Embarking from the Masjid al-Taqwa mosque in Seattle’s Central District, drivers honked their horns and displayed signs on their vehicles that read, “Share the fare!” and “Uber and Lyft: Listen to your drivers!” The caravan wove through the heart of the city, from the Central District to Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle, neighborhoods with some of the greatest concentrations of ride hail customers.  Read more

Uber and Lyft Drivers to Caravan Through Seattle Neighborhoods

Uber and Lyft drivers will caravan together through Seattle neighborhoods to City Hall on Thursday to demand fair pay, a due process to appeal deactivations, and a voice. The Driver Caravan will embark from the Masjid al-Taqwa mosque in Seattle’s Central District on Thursday, May 30 at 11:15 a.m. and weave through Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle. The route will take drivers on a slow vehicle procession through three Seattle neighborhoods with some of the greatest concentration of Uber and Lyft customers. Members of the media are welcome to ride along with drivers during the action. Drivers will conclude their caravan at 12:30 p.m. at Seattle City Hall where they will deliver their demands to City officials along with a new report exposing how Uber and Lyft are pocketing an increasingly greater share of rider payment in the Seattle market while drivers are earning less. Read more

ABDA Report - Uber & Lyft Take More, Pay Drivers Less

Ride-hail companies Uber and Lyft are pocketing an increasing share from what passengers pay while drivers are earning less, according to a new report released today by the App-Based Drivers Association.  The study – based on analysis of company financial reports, combined with never before released trip-level data collected by local drivers in Seattle – was released at a Driver Speak Out event attended by drivers at the Sea-Tac Airport waiting lot.  “As drivers, we make sure our customers get to their destination safely, and we bear all the costs of car, gas, maintenance, repairs – everything,” said Don Creery, who has been driving for Uber for 5 years.  “But over the years Uber has been taking more and more from what passengers pay, and now they’re telling investors they plan to reduce driver pay even further to satisfy shareholders.  It’s just not right.” Read more

Seattle Uber & Lyft Drivers to Hold Speak Out! Event

Seattle Uber and Lyft drivers will hold a Driver Speak Out! event and press conference on Wednesday to highlight increasingly high company take rates, low driver pay, issues around deactivation and other driver concerns as Uber prepares to go public later this week. At the event, members of the App-Based Drivers Association will discuss a new report that exposes how Uber and Lyft are pocketing an increasingly greater share of rider payment in the Seattle market while drivers are earning less. The study, Uber/Lyft take more, pay drivers less, is based on analysis of company financial reports, combined with never before released trip-level data collected by local drivers in Seattle.  The Driver Speak Out! will take place at the Sea-Tac Airport Ride Hail Lot (3037 160th St) on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 starting at 11 a.m. The Seattle event will be held in conjunction with driver protests in other major metropolitan areas around the country in anticipation of Uber’s much-anticipated debut on Wall Street, which is expected to draw a valuation that could top $100 billion. Strikes and other actions are planned in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C.

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