Uber drivers plan day-long strike in NYC after company blocked scheduled pay raise
Uber drivers will carry out their second day-long strike in New York City on Thursday.
The drivers are protesting because Uber took legal action to block a scheduled pay raise and fare hike, something that was already approved by the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
The TLC does not regulate how much Uber charges passengers, but it does regulate how much the company needs to pay its drivers per minute and mile on every trip.
The drivers have asked the court to restore the rates and on Friday, the court is expected to hold a hearing on the matter, with the attorneys for the city, Uber, and the union representing the drivers.
Oral arguments in this case will be at the end of the month.
Drivers say they desperately need this raise because the prices of gas and food have gone up.
They’re hoping passengers will support them by not using the company today.
The first local Uber strike was held the week before Christmas.
Uber says that Thursday’s strike, which will take place until midnight, wont impact people trying to find a ride.
“We want Uber to be successful, a successful company. But we also want Uber to be fair. Play fair,” on driver said.
The raises were set to go into effect mid-December.