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Uber Drivers are Planning the Biggest Strike in Uber History

Uber Drivers are Planning the Biggest Strike in Uber History

by Justin OConnellOctober 1, 2015

You might be familiar with strikes by taxi drivers in protest of Uber. Now, in various rideshare forums on the Internet, a growing and determined group of Uber drivers are trying to schedule an Uber driver strike October 16-18. One particularly vocal forum on the web, the Facebook group Uber Freedom, has more than 20,500 Likes and has posted a flyer for the strike as its cover photo on the popular social networking website.

Organizers claim this will be the “biggest Uber strike in Uber history.” A Los Angeles radio show discussed the possible strike (at the 29 minute mark), as did a Kansas City radio show. A Houston, Texas news outlet did a feature on the strike. Here is the Facebook event page for the upcoming strike.

Organizers also plan on using Uber tactics against them. TechCrunch reported that Uber paid contractors to create fake accounts on Lyft in order to order rides only to cancel them. As you can see in the flyer below, some Uber drivers plan to do similar. This is the official flyer:


A flyer for the strike

And another flyer:


The hashtag “#uberstrike” has gained some steam on social media, with some passenger siding with the drivers:

The strike is, in some ways, placing pressure on peer-to-peer companies and even social media companies, as the following Instagram post shows:

One driver for both Lyft and Uber summed up his frustration, which mirros the frustration of others:

Just found out that they are lowering fares in LA next week by 15%. And they have the nerve to say that they are doing it to increase rides and earnings for us. If I had another job, I would stop driving today, but this is all I have right now. For me, Uber and Lyft are now one big scam. Lyft is no different. Rates in LA are already at poverty levels.

While Uber drivers protest poverty wages, Uber is opening up new offices. The most recent portends to be opened in Oakland.

Featured image from GongTo Shutterstock.

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  • Kev

    While the service is suitable for riders, the driver suffers from earning a living. Pressure from investors is what is causing this mayhem. Increase the revenue by dropping and …dropping …and …dropping the cost of the fare, hire as many drivers as you can, kill the competition, dominate the market and you tell me if the company does not run a shady business.


    Uber driver have been upset for a long time. This is from 2014


    San Francisco Uber drivers do have better options

  • englishvinal

    Oh yeah… more “United States catch-um and skin-um” “free enterprise bull crap.
    Uber was sold to these drivers and everybody else as “free enterprise”…. but guess what mucho-sameO-sameO……..

    Totally CONTROLLED just like everything else.

    You try honest free enterprise project in this god forsaken country, and even if you are 8 years old and its a lemonaid stand … you WILL be prosecuted.

    The creators of “Uber” are just one more grab and gobble blood sucking scam.

  • concerndcitizen

    They should have drivers bid for the fare, as well as include tips. btw, the “sharing economy” is just another fake term for economic depression. If people could afford their homes, cars, etc. they wouldn’t need to rent them out to make ends meet.

    • The_Mad_Prophet

      While I agree that Uber should have an option for riders to leave tips, having each driver bid for their own fares is not going to help anyone. It’ll just be another ‘race to the bottom’, which Uber is already doing on their own when they compete with Lyft, etc.

      Also, you’re making an incorrect assumption that the only reason people are willing to rent out their homes and cars is because they can’t make ends meet otherwise — I, like many people, only do it for extra spending money, not because I can’t pay my bills. If there’s one thing you can never have enough of, it’s money, and driving people around is incredibly easy.

      • But are you making any money? You may be getting cash, but after expenses and mileage, are you making any money?

        • The_Mad_Prophet

          Of course, although Uber is making it harder to do so. You’re right that your take-home pay doesn’t take into account your expenses (gas, maintenance, depreciation, etc), but your mileage is tax deductible for all of those things. With some simple math it isn’t hard to figure out your true profits.

          • But what your IRS allowance of $.575 per mile does not take into considerations is your cell phone, your life insurance, your health insurance, any commercial insurance (you should have), etc. These costs that are over and above the operating costs are what puts you in the red.

          • The_Mad_Prophet

            You have a point, although in my case I have a full time job (elsewhere) and already spend money on cell phone, life insurance, etc. None of those costs increase just because I’m driving for Uber, so it doesn’t make sense (to me) to factor them in — it’s the same with or without Uber.

            Now, if Uber were my full time job, those expenses might very well be the tipping point to put me in the red (although I’m sure with some ‘creative accounting’ you can probably write off a good chunk of it). But hopefully I’m never in that position to have to find out. 🙂

          • again, true. As I would as well. I would still have paid for the satellite radio in my car, I would still be using my cell (though my data plan increased). and all of the overhead costs I would have taken out of my right pocket, but now I get the opportunity to take them out of my left pocket which Uncle Sam helps with.
            Thinking of it from a tax basis, you have to move those items from personal to business expenses. Just because you would be paying for it anyway, doesn’t mean you can’t reduce your personal expenses and move them to your business expenses.

          • Sherrell Young

            I’m a new driver been driving for a month! And when I started driving I knew what I was getting into so I’m not asking uber for nothing more I’m happy the way it is! I enjoy driving for uber and lyft! So I will not participate in the strike! But I don’t have anything against those who want to strike! And hope things work out! But I will be driver this weekend! And I make pretty good money! And I’m not in the red! I’m in the green so I will continue to move forward! It’s just extra money for me! Not trying to make this my career!

          • I understand your opinion. However by not participating you are hurting your future and the future of other drivers. UBER will continue to cut rates and make other changes that will hurt you and me in the long run.

          • Sherrell Young

            Chris my future is looking good because my goals are being reached way before I started driving for uber and lyft! The money i make is shopping money not to pay my bills! So I’m sorry if it’s affecting your future! But I don’t believe in striking is that fair to say! I really hope you and the other drivers get what yall need! But I will not participate in the strike and I do believe that’s my right!

  • KeJorn

    Abe Husein does NOT represent all Uber Drivers of #UberStrike. He did not get this strike moving by himself. MANY other people played a BIG part in getting it off the ground and moving, yet he is taking all the credit. We want him distanced from this strike, because he is pitting drivers versus drivers. He started by suggesting that drivers that participated in the strikes should throw rocks and feces at drivers who did not participate. He is creating division. THAT IS NOT WHAT WE ARE ABOUT. Stop interviewing him as the leader of this strike. The strike belongs to ALL CURRENT DRIVERS. Abe is not a current driver. He has another agenda. We are not part of that agenda. This strike belongs to the drivers, NOT ABE HUSEIN.

  • thirdalbum

    Uber has, to an extent, been a poster-boy for anarcho-capitalists. “It’s a better, fairer taxi service because there’s no government involvement!” they cried…

    Now it appears to be in desperate need of regulation to prevent drivers from being screwed.

  • Terry DeWitt

    I think uber has a good business model. Unfortunately like amway and others, greed is going to get the best of them eventually. Here in Cedar Rapids, when uberx opened a few months back, the rates where $2/mile (33% cheaper then the traditional taxi services) here. Yet they still felt the need to cut the rates to 1.20/mile.