June Newsletter: Next Steps to Take on Uber and Lyft

29 Jun 2022

High gas prices and company fees have Uber and Lyft drivers quitting. We deserve relief now!

As gas prices hit record highs, our paychecks are shrinking. Instead of providing relief for their drivers, companies like Uber and Lyft are pushing the increased cost of gas onto drivers and customers. We need to let these companies know that our take-home pay is not enough to survive!

Hundreds of IDG drivers responded to our call for screenshots of your rides. Please add your voice! Comment here and let us know how much Uber and Lyft are taking from your rides. Lawmakers, regulators, and customers need to know the truth so we can keep up our fight for fair pay.

Thank you for taking the IDG Driver Survey!

IDG members! We asked and you answered. Thank you for taking the IDG Driver Survey. More than 1,000 of you responded, helping us gather the stories we need to call out Uber and Lyft for their inadequate pay and benefits. We look forward to sharing the results with you, and with the world, soon! Together, we will win the protections and higher pay we deserve. 

Special Father’s Day Driver Spotlight: Meet IDG member and father Pedro Acosta

In the month of June, we celebrate fathers like Pedro Acosta. Pedro has been driving for Uber for almost 9 years. He drives throughout the week to ensure his son has everything he needs. 

“I have a son in a wheelchair, so I began driving to have the flexibility to make money and take care of my son. It’s been incredibly important to me. I work hard for him. And I’ve always been able to make his medical appointments.” For some of this time, Pedro was a single dad juggling full-time care of his son and driving.  

After IDG won a pay raise for drivers, including higher pay for drivers of wheelchair-accessible vehicles, Pedro was able to switch to a wheelchair-accessible vehicle (WAV). He still thinks the city needs to do more to incentivize drivers to switch to WAVs, including upfront financial assistance for these vehicles that cost more to purchase, operate, and maintain.

Acosta reflects on what driving in New York City was like before drivers were united under the Independent Drivers Guild. “Before IDG, we were flying like birds all apart and now we’re connected, demanding our rights.” 

“We’ve reactivated thousands of drivers since I began working closely with IDG. We’ve given people back their livelihoods. We’ve been able to help people finance their own vehicles or deal with predatory leasing companies. Any issues a driver has, IDG can help.”

Happy Father’s Day to all our IDG Dads! 

A month of powerful struggle: Juneteenth and Pride Month 

This month, we celebrate the incredible history of American abolitionists and LGBTQIA activists who fought to live freely. All our struggles are connected!

Sunday, June 19 is Juneteenth, a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the liberation of enslaved African Americans. On this day in 1865, some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas and announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state were free by executive decree. IDG celebrates this important day in American history and is proud to continue our fight for racial and economic justice. 

June also means Pride Month, celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and non-binary Americans. From the decriminalization of homosexuality to the legalization of gay marriage, the LGBT community and its allies have fought fiercely for safety and respect. This month, we celebrate that spirit and vow to continue fighting for drivers to have a union that protects them from workplace discrimination. Happy Pride!

IDG drivers are speaking out and sparking change!

This month, New York IDG drivers shared their stories with NYC regulators about the need for a commission cap, preventing app companies from taking up to 40% of the money from each ride. Thank you to everyone who testified during the hearing. Our need for higher wages as drivers was heard loud and clear!

Also this month, Massachusetts IDG members rallied at Boston City Hall to oppose the Uber and Lyft-backed ballot initiative threatening to reduce wages for drivers and exclude us from protections granted to other workers. We will continue to speak out until all Massachusetts drivers have the right to form a union. Stay tuned for our next MA action! 

Get support 

New York Office Hours & Weekly Outreach

IDG’s NYC office is in a NEW location and better than ever! Visit us:

New York Independent Drivers Guild

41-09 36th St #3

Queens, NY 11101

Monday – Friday, 10AM – 4PM

We’ve updated our outreach schedule. Tuesday outreach will now alternate between Brooklyn and the Bronx. 

Brooklyn Outreach

2096 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223

Every other Tuesday from 11AM – 2PM, starting 6/14

Queens Outreach

LaGuardia Airport

23rd Avenue and 90th Street, Queens, NY 11371

Wednesdays from 1PM – 5PM 

Bronx Outreach

1231 Lafayette Ave, 2nd Floor, Bronx, NY 10474

Every other Tuesday from 11AM – 2PM, starting 6/21

Connecticut Office Hours

CT Drivers! IDG is here to help. Join us at our Connecticut office. 

Connecticut Independent Drivers Guild

157 Church St

New Haven, CT 06510

Wednesdays from 10AM to 6PM

Illinois Office Hours

IL Drivers! Have you visited our office yet? Come in and get support!

Illinois Independent Drivers Guild

114 W Higgins Rd

Park Ridge, IL 60068

Monday – Friday 9:30AM to 7PM

Saturday – Sunday 11AM to 7PM

Massachusetts Office Hours

MA Drivers! We are always here to help you. Visit us on Tuesdays at:

Caffe Nero

1047 Commonwealth Ave

Boston/Allston

Time: 11AM – 3PM

Help with accidents and tickets while working or other legal matters

Accidents can happen, and legal resources are available here to assist you with collisions that occur while working, tickets accrued on the job, or any other workplace legal matter.

Not in CT, IL, MA, NJ, or NY? Contact us here to speak with organizers about next steps. Reach out today – let’s organize in your state!

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