Does anybody remember this 2015 Strike in DC/Other Cities?

Gtown Driver

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Some Uber drivers planned to strike this weekend to draw attention to concerns they have, but a check of the smartphone app shows there are drivers to be found in D.C.

Organizers are urging Uber drivers to stay off the streets from Friday and through Sunday in cities throughout the United States.

"Drivers: Do not turn your app on for this whole weekend!" urges a message on the Uber Freedom Facebook page. "Stand together as one voice!"

Drivers had planned a demonstration at a local Uber office at the corner of 21st and M streets NW at 11:30 a.m. Friday, said planner Yonas Mekonnon on Facebook. He said some drivers have already begun the strike.

However, a check of the Uber app on Saturday morning showed a number of available drivers for passengers. Some on Twitter said they could see drivers near their locations.

Uber, which calls itself a ride-sharing service, allows individuals register as drivers and then pay commission to the company when users seek rides via Uber's app. But some drivers are saying they deserve more money.

The drivers say they're demanding four things:


  • A 60-percent rate increase for UberX (lower-cost) rides.
  • A $7 minimum fare.
  • A $7 cancellation fee.
  • An option for users to be able to leave a tip on the app.
An online petition seeking "better treatment for Uber drivers" had collected more than 1,700 signatures by Friday morning.

"Uber has been treating their drivers worse and worse as time goes by," the petition says. "Enough is enough. Just because they label drivers as independent contractors, doesn't mean they can take advantage of them and completely ignore labor laws."

Someone who identified herself as an Uber driver, Crystal C., posted on the petition, "I would like to see a tip option added to the app. My very first rider asked me if he gives me a tip and I had to tell him no. I could've made more $ on my very 1st trip instead of only $5.94 after Uber took their cut."

While Uber has not commented yet on this specific strike, an Uber spokesperson shared the following statement: "We always welcome feedback from driver-partners. Each week, tens of thousands of drivers across the U.S. begin using the Uber app to make money wherever and whenever they'd like."

Uber's statement continued, "Drivers say they value the flexibility and the chance to be their own boss, and choose Uber over other options because it fits around their life and works for them."





I obviously wasn't doing Uber then but interesting that they went over stuff like "we want TIPS!"

Well we got tips. The tip from Uber and Lyft any way.
 
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SOLA-RAH

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Some Uber drivers planned to strike this weekend to draw attention to concerns they have, but a check of the smartphone app shows there are drivers to be found in D.C.

Organizers are urging Uber drivers to stay off the streets from Friday and through Sunday in cities throughout the United States.

"Drivers: Do not turn your app on for this whole weekend!" urges a message on the Uber Freedom Facebook page. "Stand together as one voice!"

Drivers had planned a demonstration at a local Uber office at the corner of 21st and M streets NW at 11:30 a.m. Friday, said planner Yonas Mekonnon on Facebook. He said some drivers have already begun the strike.

However, a check of the Uber app on Saturday morning showed a number of available drivers for passengers. Some on Twitter said they could see drivers near their locations.

Uber, which calls itself a ride-sharing service, allows individuals register as drivers and then pay commission to the company when users seek rides via Uber's app. But some drivers are saying they deserve more money.

The drivers say they're demanding four things:


  • A 60-percent rate increase for UberX (lower-cost) rides.
  • A $7 minimum fare.
  • A $7 cancellation fee.
  • An option for users to be able to leave a tip on the app.
An online petition seeking "better treatment for Uber drivers" had collected more than 1,700 signatures by Friday morning.

"Uber has been treating their drivers worse and worse as time goes by," the petition says. "Enough is enough. Just because they label drivers as independent contractors, doesn't mean they can take advantage of them and completely ignore labor laws."

Someone who identified herself as an Uber driver, Crystal C., posted on the petition, "I would like to see a tip option added to the app. My very first rider asked me if he gives me a tip and I had to tell him no. I could've made more $ on my very 1st trip instead of only $5.94 after Uber took their cut."

While Uber has not commented yet on this specific strike, an Uber spokesperson shared the following statement: "We always welcome feedback from driver-partners. Each week, tens of thousands of drivers across the U.S. begin using the Uber app to make money wherever and whenever they'd like."

Uber's statement continued, "Drivers say they value the flexibility and the chance to be their own boss, and choose Uber over other options because it fits around their life and works for them."





I obviously wasn't doing Uber then but interesting that they went over stuff like "we want TIPS!"

Well we got tips. The tip from Uber and Lyft any way.
It was a bust...
I did ok scabbing:
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But check out this nailed prophecy from UP old-head @Bart McCoy back in 2015 from one of those threads:
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New2This

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It was a bust...
I did ok scabbing:
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But check out this nailed prophecy from UP old-head @Bart McCoy back in 2015 from one of those threads:
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A prophet has no honor in his own country
 

TahoeAl

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Unfortunately, those scabbing in 2015 only aided Uber in lowering. Short-term thinking is a killer. I may be able to do well tomorrow; but what happens in 3-6 months, as Uber attempts to be profitable?

Sadly, I have too many conversations with people that won't think or plan for the future.

What is the breaking point? $.50/mile
 

Gtown Driver

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I remember the 220 for 70 rides. Busting my ass off around 18th street until 2 30AM and getting lucky with a guy who needed a ride down to the Pike and Rose to get me my 220. Basically was paying me to ride home even before the 220 bonus. Good times.
 

New2This

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Goddamn I miss these days.

These were after Uber took out the Xchange Lease car payment.

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No DF, no Longhauling, no (ok not much) Shuffling. We were happy, riders were happy. I went anywhere and everywhere.
 

Gtown Driver

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Wish I had met you guys during the good times. Would have been fun to time travel back to then. Only beechin about not getting paid 2,000 dollars a week instead of it being too hard to get more than 800 dollars in a week. Could buy a round of drinks at Shirlington and only shuffle to pay tip to waiter.
 

Another Uber Driver

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That was the strike that the guy somewhere in Oklahoma, Texas or Kansas wanted to start?

Many drivers were stating that they would not support it because of him.
 

Damn Boy

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Unfortunately, those scabbing in 2015 only aided Uber in lowering. Short-term thinking is a killer. I may be able to do well tomorrow; but what happens in 3-6 months, as Uber attempts to be profitable?

Sadly, I have too many conversations with people that won't think or plan for the future.

What is the breaking point? $.50/mile
Even if they reduce to 10cents/mile, there are idiots out there who will drive.
 
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