Press Release: Rideshare Drivers in Washington, D.C. to Protest Uber, Lyft in Solidarity with Striking Rideshare Drivers Nationwide

For Immediate Release:

May 6, 2019

For More Information Contact:

Jeffrey Dugas

978-257-0859

RIDESHARE DRIVERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. TO PROTEST UBER, LYFT IN SOLIDARITY WITH STRIKING RIDESHARE DRIVERS NATIONWIDE

D.C.-based organization Drive United to hold action at Reagan National Airport to stand with striking drivers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, rideshare drivers from the D.C.-based Drive United will protest Uber, Lyft, and other app-based rideshare corporations at Reagan National Airport to stand in solidarity with striking drivers in Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Stamford, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, San Francisco, and around the world.

Like drivers striking in cities nationwide, rideshare drivers in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region face declining wages, lack of healthcare, no paid time off, and no worker protections. Drive United is a grassroots, independent, driver-run organization dedicated to empowering drivers in the Washington, D.C.-area who try to make a living through rideshare apps.

“Today’s action is about clearly stating that drivers’ livelihoods should not be dependent on the whims of tech CEOs,” stated Stan De La Cruz, a founding member of Drive United who has been driving for Lyft and Uber for over three years and has completed over 5,000 total trips. “We deserve to be safe on the job, we deserve healthcare, and we deserve to earn a living wage.”

Since November 2018, Drive United members have been canvassing rideshare drivers at Reagan National Airport regularly to connect with drivers and listen to their concerns.

“We’ve spoken with hundreds of drivers, and they know that it’s wrong for Lyft and Uber executives to make millions while drivers can’t afford healthcare,” added De La Cruz. “Many of us share the same concerns, which is why we’re calling on drivers to join us and demand that Uber, Lyft, and other app-based corporations hear our voice.”

Drive United is asking rideshare drivers and supporters in the D.C. region to show their support by signing up at DriveUnited.org.

For more information, please contact Jeffrey Dugas at 978-257-0859.

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Drive United is a grassroots, independent, driver-run organization dedicated to empowering drivers in the Washington, D.C.-area who try to make a living through rideshare apps. DriveUnited.org

May 8th Actions in DC

Drivers around the country and around the world are striking on May 8th to protest Uber. While the company is preparing for its IPO, drivers are mobilizing to say: it’s unacceptable that executives accumulate obscene amounts of wealth while drivers work long weeks, struggling just to make ends meet.

We at Drive United plan on rallying Wednesday evening in the DC area to show solidarity with striking drivers in Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Glasgow, and elsewhere. Get in touch if you want more information, or keep checking this webpage for more details closer to May 8th.

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New York City taxi regulators have been sued by Lyft and Juno over rules establishing a minimum wage for rideshare drivers. The policy, which went into effect on February 1, is expected to see drivers receive at least $17.22 per hour after expenses, if upheld. The wage floor is expected to raise average rideshare driver pay by $9,600 annually. Lyft is arguing that implementation will benefit larger companies—i.e. Uber. Labor organizers who have been fighting to establish the minimum refuted this notion. “The idea that this lawsuit is about anything other than avoiding paying drivers a fair wage is laughable,” said Jim Conigliaro, Jr. Founder of the Independent Drivers Guild. [CNN]

An update on “The Right to Go”

Mayor Muriel Bowser has not yet signed into law the public bathroom access bill passed late last year by the DC City Council. The legislation, which Drive United supports, would create a task force to recommend locations for stand-alone 24/7 public restrooms in Washington, DC. It would also incentivize businesses to open restrooms to the public during hours of operation. According to the Washington Post, the Bowser administration has objected to the “costs of maintaining and cleaning bathrooms.”

Learn more about the bill and why Drive United believes everyone has the right to go by clicking here.

NYC Sets First-Ever Minimum Wage for Rideshare Drivers

Drivers in the Big Apple can expect a raise at the start of next year. Regulators in New York City last week voted to impose a minimum wage on the rideshare industry, creating the first such rules in the country for companies like Uber and Lyft. Under the new framework, which will take effect at the end of 2018, drivers will be entitled to $17.22 per hour after expenses. According to NYC’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, most rideshare drivers currently make less than $12 per hour. [Washington Post]