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Have you signed the petition? Uber and Lyft drivers asking for relief from higher gas prices [Curbed]

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BGraft89
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 Posted 1 year, 5 months ago

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Sure, there are many petitions but this one will hit your wallet directly and it hits us immediately.  It seems to be getting some traction, so go sign it on Coworker.org.

https://www.coworker.org/petitions/gas-prices-3

Very strong argument in this one sentence from the article on Curbed. (below)

“If gas goes up, less drivers are going to drive,” she says. “If you don’t have drivers out there, you’re not going to make any money.”

First few paragraphs and the link to the article below:

With summer driving season coming up, hundreds of drivers from across the company have a suggestion: Help them pay for rising gas prices. A petition on Coworker.org started by driver Holly Rubino asks both companies to help drivers pay for rising gas costs (“gas prices are driving us out of the rideshare industry”). More than 500 have signed the petition thus far.

With gas prices expected to rise 14 percent this summer, according to U.S. government forecasts, it’s not a trivial concern for drivers worried about their take-home pay.

As both companies grow and provide a larger share of rides and trips in cities, their ability to retain workers and expand is important. While a large portion of their workforces are part-time or flex-time—of the roughly 900,000 people who drive for Uber in the U.S., nearly 60 percent work for less than 10 hours a week—those who work longer hours really feel the impact of rising gas prices on take-home pay.

Pay is a big factor,” Campbell told Curbed. “A lot of drivers come in with the expectation that ...

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Sure, there are many petitions but this one will hit your wallet directly and it hits us immediately.  It seems to be getting some traction, so go sign it on Coworker.org.

https://www.coworker.org/petitions/gas-prices-3

Very strong argument in this one sentence from the article on Curbed. (below)

“If gas goes up, less drivers are going to drive,” she says. “If you don’t have drivers out there, you’re not going to make any money.”

First few paragraphs and the link to the article below:

With summer driving season coming up, hundreds of drivers from across the company have a suggestion: Help them pay for rising gas prices. A petition on Coworker.org started by driver Holly Rubino asks both companies to help drivers pay for rising gas costs (“gas prices are driving us out of the rideshare industry”). More than 500 have signed the petition thus far.

With gas prices expected to rise 14 percent this summer, according to U.S. government forecasts, it’s not a trivial concern for drivers worried about their take-home pay.

As both companies grow and provide a larger share of rides and trips in cities, their ability to retain workers and expand is important. While a large portion of their workforces are part-time or flex-time—of the roughly 900,000 people who drive for Uber in the U.S., nearly 60 percent work for less than 10 hours a week—those who work longer hours really feel the impact of rising gas prices on take-home pay.

Pay is a big factor,” Campbell told Curbed. “A lot of drivers come in with the expectation that they’re going to make good money. Look at the marketing campaigns they’re running, when they talk about ‘the ultimate side hustle.’ When you measure messaging and expectations— remember that the average driver is making between $16 and $18 a hour before taxes, close to minimum wage—it hurts retention.”

(Some Uber and Lyft drivers are concerned rising gas prices this summer will eat into their profit margins. Shutterstock)

Tom Seymour, a 70-year-old Uber and Lyft driver from Clarkston, Michigan, who works on and off for the ridehailing companies in nearby Detroit and Ann Arbor, signed the petition because he feels the companies need to do more to address “the main issue,” the financial motivation to drive.

After keeping detailed logs of his work, the retired COO found that he was making around $5 or $6 an hour, despite being a long-time driver with a lower commission rate (20 percent) grandfathered in.

https://www.curbed.com/2018/6/15/17467798/uber-drivers-lyft-gas-prices-petition

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    Bigfrank
    426 Rider Driver Driver
     1 year ago

    The relief is and should be a fuel surcharge for each trip since uber successfully brainwashed passengers to think that tipping is a sin.