End Earnings Theft
The IDG works to give working drivers like you a voice. Not only do we work to give our members a voice by pushing for driver-friendly public policies and work to get you benefits you can’t get as an individual, but with the IDG, drivers have a cohesive voice to improve your working conditions with Uber management.
Works Councils are one way drivers have a voice with Uber management by being a part of the Guild. At Works Council meetings, ten active IDG full members and stewards sit down with Uber management to discuss issues presented by the organizing committee that the membership has voted on.
We have had some success in these meetings, which you may find on our 2016 Year in Review.
In the last meeting, the membership voted to bring up three very important issues:
- End Earnings Theft
- Compensation for Long Haul Fares
- Wait Timer on the X and Black trips
In the meeting, Uber agreed to negotiate with us on creating an earnings theft appeals process, they agreed to implement a wait timer, and they at least claimed that they would look into long haul fares. But so far, they’ve done nothing.
The organizing committee discussed what to do about Uber’s lack of movement. They decided to focus on the most popular and important issue drivers voted to bring to Uber: implementing a due process for earnings theft. Uber “customer service” shouldn’t have the unilateral right to take your money away without you having any say.
Some examples of theft may be:
- The company takes your pay after you already completed a fare – blaming it on a passenger complaint;
- A driver is underpaid because the company’s app thinks you went from point A to point B as a crow flies;
- Company overcharges the Sales Tax, Black Car Fund, or their commission out of driver’s pay;
- Company doesn’t pay for a trip without explanation;
Use of fraudulent credit cards by customers and drivers are left unpaid;
- Any case-by-case event where a “customer service” company representative would unilaterally decide if the money a driver earned should be taken away.
Help us win a due process for earnings theft. Tell us why being able to appeal unfair pay adjustments is important to you by following this link.
Although we’re going to primarily focus on implementing a due process for earnings theft in the next meeting, we are still fighting for the other two items listed above, in addition to our ongoing work to secure a fair fare and a tipping option.
Independent Drivers Guild