Uber drivers gather in front of the company’s San Francisco headquarters in 2014 to protest fare cuts and fee hikes. Uber drivers will join forces with fast food, home care and airport workers in a nationwide protest on Tuesday. Their demand: higher pay.
Dubbed the "Day of Disruption," drivers for the ride-hailing company in two dozen cities, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco, will march at airports and in shopping areas carrying signs that read, "Your Uber Driver is Arriving Striking."
The protest underscores the dilemma Uber faces as it balances the needs of its drivers with its business. Valued at $68 billion, Uber is the highest-valued venture-backed company worldwide. But as it has cut the cost of rides to compete with traditional taxi services, Uber reportedly has experienced trouble turning a profit.
Unlike many other workers involved in Tuesday’s protests, Uber drivers are not members of a union. In fact, Uber doesn’t even classify its drivers as employees. Instead the company considers drivers independent contractors. This classification means the company isn’t responsible for many costs , including health insurance, paid sick days, gas, car maintenance and much more. However, Uber still sets drivers’ rates and the commission it pays […]