1,000 Protesting Uber Drivers Brought NYC Traffic to a Standstill

To protest changes being rolled out by Uber and Lyft, more than a thousand Uber and Lyft drivers led a caravan that brought rush hour traffic in New York City to a virtual standstill. The direct action was carried out by workers with the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG), a labor group for app-based drivers, and…

1,000 Protesting Uber Drivers Brought NYC Traffic to a Standstill

To protest changes being rolled out by Uber and Lyft, more than a thousand Uber and Lyft drivers led a caravan that brought rush hour traffic in New York City to a virtual standstill. The direct action was carried out by workers with the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG), a labor group for app-based drivers, and stretched across the Brooklyn Bridge, from FDR Drive to Gracie Mansion (the residence of New York City’s mayor). On Tuesday, Uber rolled out new policies that will block drivers from accessing the app when and where demand is low. The policy brings the company in line with its competitor, Lyft, which made similar changes this summer. Both are attempts to avoid complying with the city’s pay standards, which ensure a minimum wage of $17.22 an hour after expenses. For months, there has been a concern that the ride-hail companies would try to circumvent New York’s pay standards. The IDG sent a letter to New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) in June, warning that by using demand to justify blocking access to the app, “Lyft would be shifting the costs of travel and waiting time onto the drivers and in so doing, violate this commission’s rules.” In August, New York City adopted new ride-hail rules, despite intense opposition, that failed to account fo
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