Mike Robinson, Lyft driver
Mike Robinson spent most of his working life as a union sheetmetal worker, but his shop dropped from 100 to 50 to 25 to finally just 8 workers.
When his factory was purchased by an overseas billionaire and after hearing rumors about right to work, Mike quit to drive Lyft full time. Much like his experience in the shop, it was a solid job at first, but over time, the rates went down and he had to drive longer hours to make ends meet.
This time, rather than leave for a new job, he’s dedicated to fighting for a union for gig workers. “With the COVID-19 crisis, drivers are facing severe economic hardship. For far too many of us, a $300 expense could mean having to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table or paying fines to avoid having our accounts deactivated,” said Mike Robinson. “While we’re forced to shoulder this burden, Uber and Lyft are spending tens of millions of dollars on a ballot initiative to exclude themselves from following the law or having to provide us with the workplace protections we are entitled to.” Read more.