If regular Uber or Lyft customers have plans tomorrow afternoon, they may want to reconsider their itinerary. Drivers for America’s two largest ride-share companies are planning to go on a 12-hour strike beginning at 12:00 PM in Atlanta Wednesday afternoon.
According to Rideshare Drivers United Georgia, the protests will take place at Uber’s Greenlight Hub in Chamblee (3111 Clairmont Road) at 12:00 PM. Lyft will stage their protest at their Northwest Atlanta hub (814 Bellemeade Avenue NW) at 5 p.m.
Driver compensation is at the core of the issue. Drivers are protesting for better wages, better benefits, a voice in policy decisions, and basic workplace protections. All Uber and Lyft drivers are deemed independent contractors rather than employees under both Uber’s and Lyft’s business models.
Rideshare Drivers United Georgia said that drivers are asking for a one-on-one meeting with Uber and Lyft executives to work on issues stemming from low-pay and possible worker misclassification. Drivers also have expressed concerns with rate cuts with the Lyft platform.
Uber has released a statement regarding the impending strike:
“Drivers are at the heart of our service─we can’t succeed without them─and thousands of people come into work at Uber every day focused on how to make their experience better, on and off the road. Whether it’s more consistent earnings, stronger insurance protections or fully-funded four-year degrees for drivers or their families, we’ll continue working to improve the experience for and with drivers.”
Uber has offered some short-term remedies to long-time drivers with one-time cash rewards on the app last month. Currently in Atlanta, Uber drivers are eligible to earn $1,400 for completing 200 rides.
Lyft has also released a statement regarding the upcoming strike:
“Lyft drivers’ hourly earnings have increased over the last two years, and they have earned more than $10B on the Lyft platform. Over 75 percent drive less than 10 hours a week to supplement their existing jobs. On average, Lyft drivers earn over $20 per hour. 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.”