In this Throwback Thursday update, we talk about the best ways drivers can organize, unite and possibly even strike for higher wages and more. We cover some successful ways other organizations have gathered drivers, and the best way you can affect change within your community. If you’re interested in how to organize a group of drivers and protest for higher pay, bookmark this article!
Whenever you can get a whole lot of angry people in the same room to agree on the same thing, you have the opportunity to inflict some real change.
It seems like every year after Uber cuts rates, and Lyft follows suit, there are a whole lot of pissed off drivers. Every year after cuts, it seems like they all agree on the same thing, yet nothing ever really happens.
I don’t blame these drivers for being angry because I’m actually one of those pissed off drivers. I hate hearing ‘lower rates means higher earnings’ for drivers when that so clearly isn’t the case (anyone at Uber ever heard of expenses?). And to be perfectly frank, I’d rather write about how to be the best driver you can be as opposed to covering the dark side of rideshare. But for me, I don’t have much of a choice, since this isn’t exactly the type of issue you can sweep under the rug.
There are a lot of drivers out there who have invested time, money and effort to learn this industry, get good at it and thrive. And rate cuts can threaten all of that. Whether you’re an Uber driver or not, it doesn’t feel very good to go in to work one day only to find out that you’ll now be required to do the exact same job but for less pay.