By Jack Barnes
The notion that Uber has no way to increase driver wages is absolutely ludicrous. The company is pocketing higher fees than ever before, as high as double what the driver is paid for a trip, while drivers get pennies. If there is room for 220% Uber fees and projects like flying cars, there is room for a raise for drivers.
As long as there are no pay protections for workers—which would create a floor to the for-hire vehicle industry—Uber and the gang will continue to strangle workers’ ability to support their families. It’s essential that workers organize locally and push local and state officials to protect worker pay, and stop these companies from gouging passengers and drivers alike.
Instead of taking the simple steps to improve the earning potential for drivers, Uber and the entire industry keep making things worse. In New York City, we are fighting for the Taxi and Limousine Commission to impose a 37% industry-wide raise and a minimum pay scale, while tying the passenger fare to driver pay so companies cannot gouge riders with charges more than 25% above what a worker is paid. We can win fair pay for an eight hour day if workers band together.
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