Uber, Lyft drivers rally for higher pay, job security

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May 08, 2019 - 10:33 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Uber and Lyft drivers weren't picking up fares on Wednesday morning, instead they drove a caravan across the Brooklyn Bridge before a rally outside of the Uber and Lyft offices in Queens.

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The drivers are protesting ride share company policies days ahead of Uber's expected public offering. They say Uber needs to offer drivers job security and higher wages.

"Drivers built these billion dollar companies and it is just plain wrong that so many continue to be paid poverty wages while Silicon Valley investors get rich off their labor,'' said Brendan Sexton, executive director of the Independent Drivers Guild, in a statement. "All drivers deserve fair pay.''

Uber and ride share rival Lyft have argued that drivers are not employees, but independent contractors.

“Drivers are at the heart of our service, and we can’t succeed without them. We’ll continue working to improve drivers’ experience for and with them, every day.” - an Uber spokesperson said.

Lyft said that most of their drivers work less than 10 hours a week and do so to supplement existing jobs.

"We know that access to flexible, extra income makes a big difference for millions of people, and we're constantly working to improve how we can best serve our driver community,'' Lyft said.

Strikes are also planned in Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, San Diego and Stamford, Connecticut.

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