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Ken Ruinard

Uber And Lyft Drivers Planning 2 Hour Strike Wednesday Morning

May 07, 2019 - 8:18 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Uber and Lyft drivers in at least eight cities, including New York, are planning to go on a rush hour strike Wednesday morning, calling for more job security and higher pay.

Word is spreading from car-to-car about the strike, planned for Wednesday morning between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. which is when 80,000 drivers are being urged to switch off their apps and pull over.

"I heard about that, I will do it," one driver said.

"It is a good idea, I'm willing to do that," another driver said. "They're ripping us off, they almost take half of what we make and at least they should cut that down."

The New York Taxi Worker’s Alliance is fighting for better pay and better treatment. They complain Silicon Valley really doesn’t care about the drivers doing all the work.

They also fear Wall Street will eventually exert pressure that will squeeze drivers even more, and there is concern about driverless cars in the future.

As WCBS 880's Sean Adams reported, it's a quick strike, not meant to cripple.