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More than 8,000 NYC Drivers Sign Petition for Pay Raise and End to Price Gouging on Uber, Lyft

New IDG Analysis Exposes How Ride Hail Apps Are Gouging Riders and Drivers

New York, NY — After years of pay cuts, New York’s ride-hail drivers are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet. The Independent Drivers Guild, a Machinists Union affiliate which represents and advocates for more than 60,000 of these drivers, has garnered over 8,000 signatures on a petition to increase driver pay and end price gouging in the ride hail industry.

The Guild also released a new analysis of driver pay which found that drivers are making significantly less than they were just a few years ago — and companies are pocketing more. The Guild also found that drivers are working longer and longer hours in an attempt to make up the difference, but are still unable to make ends meet. The Guild report proposes corrective policies to end price gouging and raise driver compensation by 37 percent to levels to promote safe driving and bring income in line with prior pay rates.

“After offering attractive rates at the outset, Uber and Lyft repeatedly reduced driver pay and hiked their cut of each fare, violating and voiding rider and driver agreements again and again. They have slashed the earning potential for drivers dramatically and redirected the profits from New Yorkers’ labor out of our community and into the coffers of privately held multinational corporations,” said Ryan Price, Executive Director of the Independent Drivers Guild.

“Uber and Lyft really pulled a bait and switch on riders and drivers alike. Riders are being overcharged and drivers who already invested their savings and took out loans to join the industry have been left with little choice but to work longer and longer hours to try to make ends meet. Action is needed for the protection of our community and the safety of our streets,” said Sohail Rana, a driver and member of the Guild’s Pay Organizing Committee.

A recent Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) survey of New York City drivers found that 73 percent of workers who had been in the industry for at least a year reported their financial well being was worse now than had been previously and 73 percent of drivers worked more than 10 hours on their most recent shift.

More than 8,000 drivers have signed on to a petition in support of the three major tenets of the Guild’s proposal:

1. A minimum pay raise for New York City drivers of 37 percent across all platforms including Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Via. That would make the pay rates for UberX minimally: $2.3526 per trip, $1.6145 per mile, $0.3229 per minute.

Currently, drivers’ mean work day of 11 hours is 37 percent above 8 hours: the basic right of a maximum work day. A minimum pay scale based on a 37 percent increase over current rates would also return driver compensation to be nearer the rates offered a few years ago.

Here is a side by side comparison of a sample five mile, thirty minute Uber ride in New York City in 2013, today and under the IDG’s proposal:


Rider Pays Driver Pay
2013 $28.50 $20.25
2017 Varies* $14.68
IDG Proposal $27.42 $20.11

*Passenger fare is no longer bound to actual mileage or minutes traveled.

2. A maximum commission. Currently, apps can charge passengers more than double what a worker is paid, and the Guild’s report has examples of just that. Uber and other companies must not charge passengers over 25 percent more than the worker is paid. This would prevent price gouging and return commissions to the maximum rates previously detailed in user agreements.

3. Return trip to NYC pay (known in the industry as “deadhead pay”)—drivers must be paid for the trip back to New York City while no passenger is in the car. Failure to pay drivers for return trips is unfair and costly to workers and puts workers’ compensation insurance and other insurance coverage in jeopardy.

The full report and proposal to improve pay is available at drivingguild.org/progress

The Guild’s pay proposal comes on the heels of its victory winning a tipping option for all for hire vehicle drivers in New York City. As a first step to addressing years of pay cuts, members of the Independent Drivers Guild organized and won a New York City law and a Taxi and Limousine Commission rule which forced Uber, Via and all black car companies to offer a tipping option to their apps or other payment methods. The Guild’s proposed rule was greenlighted by the city in April 2017 and by the end of July Uber added a tipping option to the app for drivers in New York City (its largest U.S. market) and across the nation. In the Guild’s tipping rule proposal, the IDG also called for broader pay protection rules and the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission noted its agreement that regulatory pay protections were needed in its official response.

Since its launch in May 2016, drivers with the Guild have won important protections and app improvements. Ongoing efforts include an open enrollment outreach campaign to help drivers sign up for health coverage as well as efforts to improve restroom access for drivers in Manhattan and at area airport lots.

Drivers who wish to learn more about the IDG can visit DrivingGuild.org or text DRIVE to 64336 to learn more (msg and data rates may apply).

The Independent Drivers Guild is a Machinists Union affiliate representing more than 60,000 app-based drivers in New York City. We are Uber, Lyft, Via, and Juno workers united for a fair for-hire vehicle industry.

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IDG Behind The Wheel: Getting Around

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles aren’t as common in New York as they should be, and both public and private transit services continue to fail people with disabilities. The TLC was on its way to increasing access to NYC’s yellow cab fleet, but the app-based driver boom tampered with their approach. The FHV industry must be accessible to all New Yorkers, but new proposals would force working people to front the cost. IDG members joined some of New York’s most prominent Accessibility Advocates to share perspectives and work toward a policy solution for passengers and drivers alike.

 

This episode of “Behind the Wheel” is brought to you by Fare Pilot, a free driver assistance app that helps you save time and find passengers by identifying hot spots across the city.

Download today at http://idg.ms/FarePilot

 

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ڈرائیوروں کا کراے میں اضافۂ کا مطالبا ۔ اور لا نگ ٹرپ سے واپسی کی فیس

جب ورکرز متحد ہو کر لڑتے ہے تو ورکرز کی جیت ہو تی ہیں. گزشتہ سال، آئی ڈی جی کے ارکان نے متھد ہو کر نیو یارک شہر کے ٹیکسی اور لیمزین کمیشن میں ابر اور ویا میں ٹپنگ ڈالنے کے لۓ اپیل داخل کی ۔ اپیل کو ٹیکسی ا ینڈ لمیزین نے منضور کرکے کانون بنا دیا ۔ جس نے ابر اور ویا کو ان کی اطلاقات کو ٹپنگ اختیار میں اضافے کے لئے مجبور کیا، جس کے نتیجے میں اب $ 30- $ 100 ڈرائیوروں کی جیبوں میں ایک ہفتے اضافی جاتے ہں ۔ اب ہمیں لازمی طور پر اپنے خاندانوں کو فراہم کرنے کے لئے کافی کم از کم مزدوری حاصل کرنے کے لئے ایک ساتھ ملنا ضروری ہے.

پے آرگنائزنگ کمیٹی – کارکنوں کے گروپ نے منصفانہ تنخواہ منظور کراونے کے لئے ایک تجویز پیش کی ہے ۔ تجو یز میں کارکنوں کو اپنے خاندانوں کو فراہم کر نے کو یقینی بنانا مقصد ہے ۔ تجویز کے اہم مطالبات ذیل ہیں:

آئی ڈی جی تمام ڈرائیوز کے لۓ کم از کم اضا فی تنخواہ کا مطالبہ کرتا ہے- قیمتوں میں فی گھنٹہ اور فی میل اور فی منٹ 37 فیصد اضا فہ کا مطا لبا کیا گیا ہے ۔ تمام کمپنز کو کراے بڑحانے چاۓ اس میں اوبر ۔ لیفٹ۔ جنو سمیت تمام پلیٹ فارموں کے کرایوں میں اضافۂ کا مطالبہ کیا گیا ہے ۔  

آئی ڈی جی زیادہ سے زیادہ کرایہ کے اضافہ کا مطالبا کرتا ہے. ہمیں اوبر کو اپنے مسافروں کو ڈبل سے زیادہ چارج کرنے اور ڈراینور کو کم از کم پے کرنے سے روکنا ضروری ہے ۔ ہم یہ مطالبہ کرتے ہیں کہ ابر اور دیگر کمپنیوں کو اپنے مسافروں کو 25٪ سے زائد چارج نہیں کرنا چاہیے جو ڈرایںور کو ادا کیا جاتا ہے.

آئی ڈی جی مطالبہ کرتا ہے کہ ڈراۂورز کو لانگ ٹرپ سے نیویارک سٹی میں واپس جانے کے لئے مڈیڈ ھیڈ فیس ملے جبکہ گاڑی میں کوئی مسافر نہیں ھوتا ہے.

آپ یہاں کراےکےافآفے کی مکمل تجویز کو پڑھ کر سکتے ہیں. اگر آپ ہماری درخواستوں کی حمایت کرتے ہیں تو، ہماری درخواست نامہ پر دستخط کریں، مہم سے ملوث ہوں اور اپنے ساتھی ڈرائیوروں کو بھی بتائیں.

یہاں درخواست نامہ پر دستخط کریں )براہ مہربانی نوٹ کریں کہ درخواست انگریزی میں ہے)

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我们司机的诉求: 提高最低车费标准, 降低提成标准以及额外出城补贴

只要我们团结战斗, 我们就一定可以赢得胜利。去年, IDG工会组织帮助司机通过了一项纽约市关于出租车和豪华轿车委员会 (TLC) 的规定, 强制Uber 和 Via为他们的应用程序增加小费选项, 这给每位司机每周增加30到100美元的收入。现在, 我们必须再次地走到一起, 争取赢得足以为我们的家庭提供保障的黑车最低的收入标准。

薪酬委员会- 为了赢得公平待遇而组织起来的工人组织 – 提出一个可以确保司机为自身家庭提供足够收入的方案。以下是我们提出的关键要求:

您可以在这里找到完整的提高工资的建议。如果你支持我们的要求, 请签署我们的请愿书, 参与这个运动, 并告诉你和你的司机朋友。

请在这里签名 (请注意请愿书是英文的)

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La demande de conducteurs: une augmentation de salaire minimum, un tarif maximum, et une rémunération de Deadhead

Les travailleurs gagnent quand nous nous mobilisons et nous nous battons. L’année dernière, les membres d’IDG ont organisé et gagné à une loi de New York et une règle  de Taxi  et Limousine Commission qui ont forcé Uber et Via à ajouter une option de basculement à leurs applications, entraînant une augmentation de 30 à 100 $ par semaine. Maintenant, nous devons nous unir pour gagner un salaire minimum spécifique pour un véhicule de location, suffisamment élevé pour subvenir aux besoins de nos familles.

Le comité organisateur de la paye – le groupe de travailleurs qui s’organise pour gagner un salaire équitable – a approuvé une proposition visant à assurer que les travailleurs puissent subvenir aux besoins de nos familles. Voici nos principales exigences de la proposition:

Vous pouvez trouver la proposition complète pour améliorer la rémunération ici. Si vous soutenez nos demandes, signez notre pétition, participez à la campagne et parlez-en à vos collègues conducteurs.

Signez la pétition ici (veuillez noter que la pétition est en anglais)

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Demanda de conductores: un aumento salarial mínimo, una tarifa máxima y un pago decente

Los trabajadores del Volante ganan cuando nos unimos y luchamos. El año pasado, los miembros de IDG organizaron, ganaron una ley de la ciudad de Nueva York y una decisión de la comisión de taxis y limosinas que obligó a Uber y Via a agregar una opción de propinas a sus aplicaciones, lo que resultó en otros $ 30- $ 100 en los bolsillos de los conductores por semana. Tenemos que unirnos para ganar un salario mínimo para que los taxistas podamos mantener a nuestras familias.

El Comité Organizador de Pagos; el grupo de trabajadores que organiza para obtener un salario justo, aprobó una propuesta para garantizar que los trabajadores puedan proveer a sus familias. Estas son nuestras principales demandas de la propuesta:

Puede encontrar la propuesta completa para mejorar el pago aquí. Si respalda nuestras demandas, firme nuestra petición, involúcrese con la campaña y cuéntele a sus compañeros conductores.

Firme la petición aquí (tenga en cuenta que la petición está en inglés)

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IDG Behind the Wheel: Meet A Driver – The Digital Nomad

Cynthia is a multi-lingual world traveler, a coder, a mother, and an IDG member. She weighed in on tipping in our first episode, but don’t miss the rest of our conversation.

 

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Uber, Lyft Drivers Harmed By Trump Obamacare Enrollment Cuts

IDG Launches Enrollment Drive for NYC App-Based Drivers

New York, NY — Following President Trump’s cancellation of publicity around Obamacare open enrollment, the Independent Drivers Guild is launching its own open enrollment campaign to raise awareness of health insurance options for app-based drivers and assist in enrollment, including providing a translation service to assist drivers in 141 different languages. The Guild (IDG) represents and advocates for more than 60,000 app-based drivers in New York City and some 30 percent, or an estimated 20,000, of these drivers are uninsured.

Gig economy workers are rarely afforded employer-based health insurance and are one of the groups most likely to be harmed by the Trump administration’s decision not to publicize open enrollment. Many app-based drivers also have low household incomes which may make them or their dependents eligible for government subsidized health insurance such as Medicaid or CHIP, but they may not know that they qualify and many have trouble navigating a confusing enrollment system. Unlike most enrollment assistance offered to gig economy workers, the Guild’s enrollment effort will include assistance, at no cost to the workers, in completing applications for government subsidized health insurance options.

“The Trump Administration’s decision to cancel publicity around open enrollment will be especially harmful to workers in the gig economy. Drivers for apps like Uber and Lyft, even those who work full time, don’t have access to group health plans and many of them are uninsured,” said Jim Conigliaro Jr., founder of the Independent Drivers Guild. “We can’t allow political posturing to leave this growing class of workers and their families vulnerable and without healthcare. Getting the word out is particularly challenging in the gig economy because workers are isolated and do not work out of a central office, so we will be reaching out every way we can to ensure every driver hears from us.”

The Guild is committed to reaching out to its full membership of more than 60,000 app-based drivers to educate drivers about their health insurance options. The Guild’s open enrollment campaign will include outreach via email, text messages and phone calls as well as social media and in-person outreach to drivers at the airport lots and Uber’s greenlight hubs.

A recent Independent Drivers Guild survey of New York City drivers found that:

The IDG’s health insurance enrollment drive is one part of a stepped up effort to expand benefits for drivers. The IDG has been fighting for benefits and protections for ride-hail drivers since its launch in May 2016. Earlier this year, the Guild advocated for upstate drivers to be covered by workers’ compensation through the New York State Black Car Fund (BCF). The Guild also worked with the BCF this year to expand workers’ compensation coverage to include a death benefit for the families of drivers killed on the job. Last year, New York City Council Member Corey Johnson introduced legislation to create a benefit fund for taxi and for-hire vehicle drivers and the Guild advocated for that bill and launched a petition campaign in support of the legislation. While that bill has not seen a vote, the Guild is actively engaged with the City Council urging passage of a benefit fund bill this session. The Guild has also negotiated discounts for members on many of the services drivers rely on, from phone plans and legal services to fight unfair tickets to tax preparation assistance and telemedicine services that allow drivers to get medical attention quickly.

Drivers who wish to learn more about the IDG can visit:

DrivingGuild.org

or text DRIVE to 64336 (msg and data rates may apply)

The Independent Drivers Guild is a Machinists Union affiliate representing more than 50,000 app-based drivers in New York City. We are Uber, Lyft, Via, and Juno workers united for a fair for-hire vehicle industry.

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IDG Behind the Wheel: Nowhere To Go

 

In six years, the number of For Hire Vehicle drivers serving New York City went from 8,000 to 80,000, while the number of relief stands hasn’t changed. Relief stands are essential for bathroom access – but what can drivers do when one isn’t available? All drivers suffer from lack of access to a proper restroom.

 

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IDG Behind the Wheel: Tipping, Part Two

For years, Uber resisted a tipping option in their app. But when drivers submitted 11,000 signatures to the TLC, they got the city’s attention – and it didn’t stop there. Learn more about the growing movement in New York City and hear what happens when drivers come together to fight for change.

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