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Prior to Uber's IPO, Uber, Lyft and other companies starting to appeal strike and shut down apps while letting their collective muscles flex: What about us?
Drivers in 10 Cities  nationwide are taking action on Wednesday to raise awareness of allegedly declining wages for drivers and a disquieting lack of job security – and some are calling on passengers to temporarily boycott passenger services as well ,
LA's drivers' demands include a 10 percent cap on commissions paid by Uber and Lyft, a minimum hourly wage, and a breakdown of passenger fares that show company revenue. New York drivers call for an end to the sudden closure of the account and the right to appeal to the courts.
The strike was led by Rideshare Drivers United, a Los Angeles-based driver's association. And the group also asks for the support of potential passengers.
"We ask that the public drivers support the drivers in their fight for fair wages and our rights to drive," said spokesman and member Brian Dolber in an e-mail to NPR. "We demand common standards that will ensure that Uber and Lyft will not cause unnecessary traffic and pollution, and if Uber / Lyft is boycotted for 24 hours, passengers will be able to show that they and RDU are fighting for a fellow passenger club, the Angelenos really serves. "
When companies go public, it usually means a lot of money for executives and sometimes nice payoffs for employees. The housing market in San Francisco has prepared for thousands of freshly-minted millionaires, who were spawned this spring through four major IPOs.
Uber's valuation could reach as much as $ 91 billion at inception, making it one of the three most valuable companies ever to be listed on a US stock exchange. The co-founder and former CEO of Travis Kalanick could have a value of up to 5.9 billion US dollars.
The IPO, however, will not have any life-changing impact on most drivers who, according to Uber, are independent contractors rather than employees. Some riders receive a one-time bonus based on their loyalty: those who have completed more than 2,500 trips before April 7 and at least one this year are eligible for a one-time bonus ranging from $ 100 for riders with 2,500 rides completed $ 40,000 is enough for 40,000 completed trips. US drivers can use this bonus to buy up to $ 10,000 in company stock for public offering.
That can not be big business when Lyft's IPO suggests that its stock has fallen 20 percent since its inception. Some riders also went on strike before Lyft went public in March.
Strikes or rallies are also planned in Chicago, Washington, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Stamford, Connecticut, the Hashtags #StrikeUberLyft and # AppsOffMay8 to build momentum.
This strike will take different forms in different cities, but in LA's subway area, the strike will take 24 hours, with a picket line at LAX airport and a lunchtime gathering. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance called for a rush into rush hour, with riders switching off the Uber, Lyft, Juno and Via apps from 7am to 9pm, and then head off to the headquarters of Uber and Lyft in Long Island City "Uber / Lyft's IPO turns into billionaires of Uber and Lyft bosses, while drivers struggle in poverty and businesses destroy the livelihoods of drivers in all sectors," says the New York driver organization in its call to action.
For those who frequently use apps to appeal and support the strike, today this means commuting by public transport, taxi or bicycle. At airports in the DC area, officials arranged additional taxis and said they would always encourage passengers to consider the subway or bus, The Washington Post reported.
In a statement to Post, Uber said that "the drivers" are at the heart of our service – we can not succeed without them – and thousands of people work at Uber every day, like them improve their experience on and off the road. Whether it's more stable income, stronger insurance coverage or fully funded four-year degrees for drivers or their families. We will continue to work to improve the experience for and with the drivers. "