Uber Drivers Blast CEO’s Tax Proposal, Call for Living Wage and Benefits

Statement from the Independent Drivers Guild in response to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s new tax proposal:

“Uber’s CEO needs to address the widespread hardship faced by drivers for his own company before considering taking another cut from our sub minimum wage pay. Uber drivers are desperate and at the breaking point. Until regulators ensure a protected livable wage that taxes can’t be taken from and benefits for drivers, we oppose new taxes on our labor,” said Independent Drivers Guild executive director Ryan Price.

The Independent Drivers Guild, which represents and advocates for more than 65,000 app-based drivers in New York City, has been campaigning for livable wage rules for more than a year, garnering support from labor and community groups. The Guild issued a formal rulemaking petition to the city in March and the city responded that it plans to issue a proposal in July. The IDG stands in solidarity with all struggling for-hire vehicle drivers and has called for a raise for taxi drivers as well as a moratorium on issuing new Taxi and Limousine Commission drivers’ licenses. Both a pay raise and limiting new drivers will help all of the city’s for-hire vehicle drivers make a better living.

 

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