“I just won’t drive,” an Uber driver told NBC News4. “We need better, better pay.”
Drivers say they feel overworked and underpaid. “You have to drive a lot, maybe 80, maybe 90 hours a week,” said the Uber driver.
“Driver pay has already been reduced a number of times over the past few years,” reports Katie Wells of Georgetown University, who has been researching how Uber drivers are paid. She added that Uber, which is going public tomorrow, intends to push driver pay down even more.
“These workers certainly have been experiencing really difficult situations for an extended period,” Wells said.
On today’s labor calendar, the annual DC LaborFest continues this week with a Mike Judge mini-fest starting on Thursday, including screenings of Office Space, Idiocracy and Extract; complete details at dclabor.org; click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1863, the constitution of the Brotherhood of the Footboard was ratified by engineers in Detroit, Michigan. The union later became the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, which is now part of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Today’s labor quote is from that 1863 constitution of the Brotherhood of the Footboard, which set out a platform with this goal:
“To stimulate the political education of the members, to understand their political rights and use the ballot intelligently to the end that the government may be a government of, for and by the people and not be used as a tool to further the ends of combinations of capital for its own aggrandizement.”
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