Ride-share, delivery drivers expected to host Valentine’s Day protest strike

The event is to protest low pay and unsafe work conditions in 10 cities across the United States.

Matt Trapani

Feb 14, 2024, 1:25 AM

Updated 66 days ago


It may be a bit difficult to get a ride from the airport or get food delivered due to a strike expected to happen on Wednesday.
Thousands of drivers for ride-sharing apps and food delivery services plan to go on strike on Valentine’s Day. The campaign group “Justice for App Workers” will be refusing rides to and from airports from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 10 cities across the United States – including at Newark Liberty International Airport.
The event is to protest low pay and unsafe work conditions.
A spokesperson for Lyft wrote in a statement, "We are constantly working to improve the driver experience, which is why just this month we released a series of new offers and commitments aimed at increasing driver pay and transparency. This includes a new earnings commitment and an improved deactivation appeals process. Now, drivers will always make at least 70% of the weekly rider fares after external fees. It's all part of our new customer-obsessed focus on drivers."
A spokesperson for Uber stated, “These types of events have rarely had any impact on trips, prices or driver availability, and we expect the same [Wednesday.] That’s because the vast majority of drivers are satisfied - earnings remain strong, and as of last quarter, drivers in the U.S. were making about $33 per utilized hour. We also continue to act on driver feedback, adding new safety features to the app and improving our account deactivation processes.”

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