Thousands of Uber, Lyft, DoorDash drivers to strike on Valentine's Day to demand fair pay

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Thousands of drivers for Uber, Lyft and DoorDash are expected to spell connected onslaught crossed nan U.S. connected Valentine's Day arsenic they activity adjacent pay.

Justice for App Workers, a conjugation representing much than 100,000 drivers, announced nan strike past week.

These drivers who activity arsenic independent contractors person accused nan companies of offering unfair wages and taking nan mostly of their commissions. The conjugation said successful a news merchandise that drivers should not person to interest astir making ends meet and "demand changes from Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and each nan app companies profiting disconnected of our difficult work."

"Uber, Lyft, and transportation drivers are TIRED of being mistreated by nan app companies," nan conjugation wrote. "We're sick of moving 80 hours/week conscionable to make ends meet, being perpetually frightened for our safety, and worrying astir being deactivated pinch nan click of a button."

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The demonstrations are scheduled astir a week aft Lyft said it would guarantee play net for drivers, a first for ride-sharing companies arsenic it attempts to pull much drivers.

"We are perpetually moving to amended nan driver experience, which is why conscionable this period we released a bid of caller offers and commitments aimed astatine expanding driver salary and transparency," Lyft said successful a statement.

Uber said only a number of its drivers participate successful strikes for illustration this and that they seldom person an effect connected business. The company's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said past week connected an net telephone pinch analysts that drivers successful nan U.S. earned astir $33 per utilized hr successful nan 4th quarter.

Last year, Uber drivers' monthly mean gross net dropped 17.1%, while Lyft drivers' roseate 2.5%, according to Gridwise, which analyzes gig mobility data.

Demonstrations are planned successful Austin, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Hartford, Connecticut; Newark, New Jersey; Miami, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Tampa, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

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"This is nan biggest onslaught I've ever seen, thousands and thousands of drivers ... it's going to beryllium nationwide," said Jonathan Cruz, a driver successful Miami and portion of nan Justice For App Workers coalition.

Many drivers use to these ride-share and transportation companies to supplement their income, while others thrust full-time for nan platforms.

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"A twelvemonth into algorithmic pricing, drivers person seen unthinkable alteration of our pay... immoderate calculations and algorithms they're using, it's perfectly useless," said Nicole Moore, president of nan California-based Rideshare Drivers United union.

Shantwan Humphrey, a driver successful Dallas, Texas, said, "By not paying drivers a livable wage, drivers are hardly capable to spend nan bare necessities."

Reuters contributed to this report.