From Chicago To London, Ride-Share Drivers Strike For Better Conditions

Striking independent drivers rally outside Uber and Lyft offices, calling for “fair pay for all drivers,” Wednesday May 8, 2019, in New York.
Striking independent drivers rally outside Uber and Lyft offices, calling for "fair pay for all drivers," Wednesday May 8, 2019, in New York. Bebeto Matthews / AP Photo
Striking independent drivers rally outside Uber and Lyft offices, calling for “fair pay for all drivers,” Wednesday May 8, 2019, in New York.
Striking independent drivers rally outside Uber and Lyft offices, calling for "fair pay for all drivers," Wednesday May 8, 2019, in New York. Bebeto Matthews / AP Photo

From Chicago To London, Ride-Share Drivers Strike For Better Conditions

Uber and Lyft drivers on Wednesday called a worldwide strike in advance of Uber’s initial public offering. Because ride-share drivers in most locales are classified as independent contractors, rather than full-time workers, they do not receive benefits, like health care and sick pay. Drivers also claim their pay is dropping as the number of hours they must work to make ends meet is rising. Joining us to discuss the strike and what it tells us about life in the gig economy is Andrew Wolf, a PhD student in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He recently wrote an article titled The City is Ours, Not Uber’s for Jacobin. Wolf argues that when ride-share drivers strike, they protest not only companies like Uber and Lyft, but also state and local governments’ policy choices, such as failure to regulate ride-share companies to ensure better working conditions for drivers.