By this time today, you may have noticed that there were less Uber and Lyft drivers on the road. That’s because employees of the ride-share companies planned a massive strike for today demanding more compensation.
The news of the strike comes just before Uber goes public, which is scheduled to take place this Friday. The company is estimated to be worth up to $91.5 billion after raising $9 billion from investors. This wouldn’t be the first time employees of Uber and Lyft tried to organize a protest. The same thing happened just last month around the time Lyft also took their company public.
“Drivers built these billion dollar companies and it is just plain wrong that so many continue to be paid poverty wages while Silicon Valley investors get rich off their labor,” said Brendan Sexton, executive director of the Independent Drivers Guild. “All drivers deserve fair pay.”
New York is one of the busiest places for ride-share drivers so it comes as no surprise that drivers are expected to strike there. The New York protest will take place during the morning rush hours while Los Angeles drivers are refraining from taking passengers for 24 hours.
More strikes are planned for Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, San Diego and Connecticut.
Find out more about the current ride-share strike in the video above.