By Gina Pollack and Emily Dugdale.
Hundreds of rideshare drivers strike for 25 hours at Ubers Redondo Beach Offices to request higher wages after the rideshare company's latest percentage cut per kilometer
Organizers, Rideshare Drivers United Los Angeles ( RHU-LA), requests a return of 25 percent pay cut and demanding that all rideshare platforms, including Lift, guarantee drivers a $ 28 per hour minimum, a gas price supplement and new vehicle emission standards.
The group calls on customers to use public transport in solidarity during the 25-hour strike.
The organizers said that Uber announced the new pay cuts on March 1
But James Hicks, a Uber driver and organizing member of RHU-LA, said that rideshare drivers make their bread and butter from mileage, not time, and that message took them over.
"When we opened the app on March 11, there were new terms of agreement," Hicks said. "If you do not accept these terms, you cannot work. Many of us need to work because it is our full time, but we have no power to negotiate."
Drivers chanted "Stand up, fight back" and carry handwritten claims such as "Restore our 25 percent and dignity" and "Innovation without poverty." Protestants briefly closed Marina Avenue before police called them back on the pavement.
"It's debilitating," said Mateo Nagassi, one of the protesters. He lives in the center of L.A. and has been running for Uber for five months. "We have to unionize like any young industry has done. Someone has to stop us."
Jacklyn is a @Uber driver who also hires a car from the company. But she says she loses 1/3 of her wages by car hire and car maintenance.
– Emily Elena Dugdale (@eedugdale) March 25, 2019
The protest comes on Uber's heels and Lift prepares To launch competing IPOs, which is likely to make investors very much, much . Meanwhile, many Lifts and Uber drivers say they can hardly make ends meet, especially in a city with a high cost of living like LA
Several protesters said it is difficult to see if their income has fallen significantly since 25% because of the recent change. "I have not made a comparison of whether wage change works better or worse," said Daniel Nolte, who runs Uber and Lyft for 8-12 hours a day and decided not to strike. "This week was pretty typical compared to last week."
However, the cuts are part of a pattern of declining wages for nationwide nationwide carriers that have been in recent years.
"When I started working for Lift two years ago, I would put 8-10 hours a night and bring home $ 150- $ 200," said Nicole Moore, one of the Rideshare Drivers United organizers. "I put in 10 hours last Friday night. I took home $ 90."
"Whenever you break with a driver, you pay with their livelihood," said Harry Campbell, founder of The Rideshare Guy via email. "I always hear from drivers who want to organize a strike and protest against Uber, but unfortunately it is a difficult proposal. Outside of places like NYC, where there are many more full-time drivers, it is difficult to get the word out among drivers, as most are not on social media, and this is typically where these strikes are organized. "
In a statement, a Uber spokesman told LAist that they change per minute, per-mile and minimum prices, which will make them total rates comparable to where they were in September. But the company does not offer any details on what these rates will be.
The strike started Monday at. Midnight and is expected to last until kl.