NYC Uber, Lyft Drivers Protest For Union Rights

Posted on September 28, 2016

Photo via Wikimedia Commons (Nathan Keirn)
Photo via Wikimedia Commons (Nathan Keirn)
Drivers for Uber turned out in the streets of Queens on the morning of Sept. 27, demanding their right to unionize outside the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission in Long Island City.

"We demand living wage fares, no pool fares, protection from exploitation, union representation," read one big green sign held up by one Uber driver.

The TNC workers — categorized as "independent contractors" rather than employees by tech companies like Uber and Lyft — had joined up with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181, which represents city bus drivers. Copies of over 14,000 signed union cards sat in a fat bundle on the table in the center of the demonstration, 10,000 cards thicker since May.

VICE News article here

Related Topics: driver behavior, driver pay, employee vs independent contractor, independent contractor issues, Lyft, New York City, New York operators, New York Taxi & Limousine Commission, TNCs, Uber, unionization

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