Uber and Lyft drivers demand more money


A strike against popular destination-driving companies Uber and Lyft is being coordinated by the very drivers that work for them for Friday morning across Connecticut

Uber and Lft drivers were holding signs and chanting outside of Union Station in New Haven.

The workers said, “You take all the money. We are all working like a slave. They charge the customer so much money and pay us so little money.”

Some Uber and Lyft drivers are striking on one of the busiest travel days. Employees for the ride share programs say while fares for customers haven’t changed, from them it has. 

Moses Dahn said, “We feel like they are cheating us and we drive our vehicle we use mileage not time . You want to pay us on time it’s ok but pay us on the mileage.” About 50 frustrated workers in New Haven took the day off but there are still drivers out there who are not on strike. 

One man said, “UIber take 25 percent off the rate you are not supposed to take 25 percent off the rate. That’s not business. that’s not being a partner.” Hector Rivas added, “Uber pay me 13.90 cents and they take 14 dollars.” They are demanding new fares and driver benefits. Dahn added, “Pay us on the mileage. Pay us good on the mileage because the mileage tells you how much your car is worth.” Lyft sent us this statement: “We strive to ensure drivers can maximize their earnings and are committed to helping them succeed.” Kaelan Richards, Senior Manager of Policy and Safety at Lyft.

Those who use Uber and Lyft said the drivers deserve more pay. One woman told NEWS8, “They should be getting paid more because a lot of them are extremely nice. I’ve never had a problem using Uber before. I think it’s ridiculous. Especially in this economy.”

Ashanti Robinson added, “I feel like they should get paid more because people that usually use Uber are people that don’t have cars or people that are drunk so they have to deal with those people so they should definitely get paid more.” Dahn said, “Uber is very reliable. We are very good drivers. We are there for you. We are always going to take you to your destination on time. But Uber needs to pay us what we are really worth.”

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