Uber drivers join nationwide “Fight for $15” protests
Hundreds of Uber drivers are expected to join nationwide protests demanding higher minimum wage on Tuesday, November 29. The strike will take place in two dozen U.S. cities, including San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Miami, Houston and others. Uber drivers alongside with fast-food, airport, home care and child care workers are calling for $15 per hour minimum wage.
“Workers in the “Fight for $15″ have created a powerful movement that boldly proclaims everyone who puts in a hard day’s work should receive a fair day’s pay,” Adam Shahim, Uber driver from Pittsburg, California, said in a statement.
Uber drivers in San Francisco and other cities are planning to march in public places carrying signs that read: “Your Uber Driver is
Arriving Striking.” Uber drivers alongside with McDonald’s employees and airport workers are protesting against the current $7.25 per hour minimum wage. The protests are to start at 6 a.m. and last all day.
“Everyone says the gig economy is the future of work, but if we want to make that future a bright one, we need to join together like fast-food workers have in the “Fight for $15″ and demand an economy that works for all,” said Justin Berisie, Uber driver from Denver, Colorado. He also said that he makes about $500 per week working 50-60 hours per week.
This is not the first time Uber drivers are joining protests. In 2014, drivers were protesting in front of the Uber office in San Francisco, demanding fare increase and discussing potential unionizing. At the same time, Uber earlier said that drivers in top U.S. cities make an average of above $19 per hour in the United States. But this amount doesn’t include expenses, such as car maintenance, gas, oil, etc.
The “Fight for $15” movement started 4 years ago. Since that, it spread to 300 cities around the world and unites fast-food workers, home health aides, child care teachers, airport workers, adjunct professors, retail employees in their fight for fair wages and union rights.