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To: Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi
Uber: Give Drivers Their Fair Share
On May 8, drivers across the globe rose up in the largest gig worker protest to date. This protest came just days before Uber launched its IPO, which generated millions for Uber executives and investors.
Yet the drivers who provide the service core to the company got nothing.
Sign on now to stand with drivers and say that Uber should give drivers a fair share.
Why is this important?
My name is Mostafa Maklad and I have been an Uber driver since 2014. I’ve given 8,000 rides, usually driving between 50-60 hours a week — though sometimes it’s 80. The living hourly wage — the amount of money one needs to earn to afford housing, food, medical care and transportation — is about $20 for a single adult in San Francisco; I routinely make half that.
Because of this, I joined the international Uber Shut Down on May 8th. Together, drivers made history. Rideshare drivers in six countries across the world organized a global day of action protesting Uber's IPO. In the U.S., over 10 cities joined in including Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Drivers in every city stood together to call on Uber to pay us a living wage and treat us with dignity and respect.
Uber drivers provide services that so many 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 excludes us from basic worker protections. Without these protections, we face low wages and labor abuses. We have no way to organize and Uber denies us crucial benefits like health insurance, disability, overtime or workers comp. We face unsafe working conditions and have no recourse when we're deactivated.
Drivers take all the risk, executives get all the reward.
But now, we are calling on Uber to give us our fair share:
- Living wage: Uber must pay drivers a livable hourly rate (after expenses).
- Transparency: Clear policies on wages, tips, fare breakdowns and deactivations.
- Benefits: Such as disability, workers comp, retirement, health care, death benefits, and paid time off.
- Voice at work: A recognized independent worker organization, the freedom to stand together without fear of retaliation and a fair and transparent process for deactivations.
Sign on now to stand with drivers!