Uber drivers in New York City are striking until 11:59pm tonight to protest the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s (TLC) decision to block a scheduled pay raise and fare hike that was officially approved a few months ago.
Protestors have also asked users to turn off the app in solidarity with their cause for 24 hours. They will also stage a demonstration outside of Uber’s corporate headquarters in downtown Manhattan on Greenwich Street around NOON today.
Although the TLC does not regulate how much Uber can and does charge riders, it does establish how much the company can pay its employees per minute and mile on every trip—hence the drivers’ complaints.
This is the employees’ second 24-hour strike in less than a month. Back on December 19, the day that the raises were supposed to go into effect, participants formed a caravan of cars on the Brooklyn Bridge during rush hour to block traffic.
A few days later, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA), the union that represents the drivers, filed an amicus brief in a state court case asking the judge to restore the pay increase, citing drivers’ interests in the matter, especially given current inflation rates across all industries.
A meeting about the situation will be held tomorrow.
How long will the Uber strike last in New York City?
As of press time, the Uber strike in New York City will only last until tonight at 11:59pm. However, given the demands of the riders and their previous strike less than a month ago, we expect further similar protests to take place if the scheduled fare and pay hikes aren’t approved in the near future.
Ex-Brit turned Manhattan resident since 2008.