Uber, Lyft drivers stage protest for better working conditions

CNET | 7/19/2019 | Andrew Morse
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Uber drivers at an earlier protest in front of the company's San Francisco headquarters.

Drivers for ride-hailing giant Uber and its rival Lyft are planning a Friday protest in downtown San Francisco as they seek better conditions from both companies. The gig economy workers are asking both companies for higher pay and a union.

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In an open letter, published to coincide with the protest, drivers called on Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Lyft founders Logan Green and John Zimmer for changes in treatment. Drivers plan to present the letter at the protest, which will take place at Uber headquarters at 10:30 a.m. PT.

"Drivers need a seat at the table as equal partners to chart our path forward," wrote representatives of Gig Workers Rising and Mobile Workers Alliance, two groups of drivers. "It's time for Uber and Lyft to do right by us."

Protest - California - Assembly - Bill - Drivers

The protest comes as California considers Assembly Bill 5, which could allow for drivers to be classified as employees, rather than independent contractors as they currently are. As employees, the drivers would be eligible for benefits and have the right to organize collectively.

The Assembly, California's lower chamber, passed AB 5 in late May. It's currently in the State Senate.

Companies - Laws

The two companies have previously called for amending current laws...
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