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To: Governor of California - Gavin Newsom
Drivers Need a Living Wage
No matter how someone makes a living, a job should help to pay the bills and leave workers time with their families. In exchange for time and effort, workers must earn the pay and benefits that provide for a good living and a bright future.
But Uber and CEO Dara Khosrowshahi are not holding up their end of the deal. While dodging minimum wage laws, Uber continues to slash rates, forcing drivers to work longer and longer hours away from their families. All the while, Uber funnels more and more to the pockets of executives and investors. (For example, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi made $45 million in total pay last year.)
California has been at the forefront of protecting workers rights nationally. Now, it is time for California to stand with rideshare drivers and ensure that drivers jobs are good jobs. Drivers should make a living wage that guarantees that at the end of the day, they can make what is needed to survive.
Why is this important?
My name is Mostafa Maklad and I am an Uber driver in San Francisco. I've been a driver for 3 years and have given over 8000 rides on Uber.
Uber is about to launch their IPO, which will put billions in the pockets of executives. But I can't help but wonder: what will drivers get?
Uber and Lyft drivers provide services that so many people rely on every day to move through their lives — rides to school, work, medical appointments, social events and safe passage back home. As drivers, we pour ourselves into our work, doing one of the most dangerous jobs in our society to ensure that every passenger arrives safely at their destination.
But Uber denies rideshare drivers like me a living wage by constantly slashing rates and pocketing the difference.
Drivers should make a living wage. California has always been a leader in protecting workers and now it is time for California to take the lead again - drivers need a living wage.