Uber and Lyft Drivers on Strike at LAX and Nationwide Today

May 08, 2019 - 7:42 am

Uber and Lyft drivers in LA are on the picket lines again the second strike in the past few months. This comes just a couple of days before Uber launches its IPO and goes public. 

Hailing a Lyft or Uber ride could be difficult Wednesday with Los Angeles area drivers being encouraged to take part in a 24-hour strike as they push for higher hourly wages.

There will be demonstrations in LA, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and Washington. 

The work stoppage is being planned ahead of Uber's initial public offering. Drivers plan to picket throughout the day at Los Angeles International Airport, with a rally expected at noon.

The drivers are demanding that Uber reverse a recently announced cut in per-mile compensation from 80 cents to 60 cents and that both companies guarantee drivers a $28 an hour minimum pay rate.

According to the Associated Press, Uber, in a prepared statement Wednesday, said it is constantly working to improve the working environment for drivers.

"Drivers are at the heart of our service — we can't succeed without them — and thousands of people come into work at Uber every day focused on how to make their experience better, on and off the road."

Meanwhile, Lyft said: "We know that access to flexible, extra income makes a big difference for millions of people, and we're constantly working to improve how we can best serve our driver community," in the AP.

-KNX 1070