“I have been driving for Uber and Lyft for about five years. I decided to start driving because I thought it would be very convenient and make good money. But at the end the result was not that.” said Raul Flores.
“We are outside the house of the main investor in Uber who is going to make millions of dollars off our backs, and that’s not fair. We are here today to form a union, to fight for better payment and better benefits. Please support us.”
“We need better treatment…I introduced my friend Saori to Uber and they didn’t pay her the bonus. They lied to us. We need to work for a good company who loves their drivers and understands what we’re doing,” said Uber driver, Rosa Mendoza.
“I sent a letter one year ago or one and a half years ago about these changes [to driver pay and bonuses] to Uber and Lyft. I expected to get some answer like, ‘Oh okay, we’re going to figure it out and work on that,’ but the answer on the letter was, ‘Okay, thank you for your comment.’ That’s it!” said Hector Castellanos.
“It’s not just me. Probably around 90% of the drivers are uncomfortable with this situation. Instead of working 8 hours, now we have to work 12 hours to get the same salary we had a few years ago.“
“One thing I’ve heard frequently is drivers who are worried about losing their flexibility, should they become an employee of Uber or Lyft. And I have to say that I believe this is company propaganda, made to keep you in fear of your flexibility,” says Uber driver Dave Portera.
“Uber and Lyft, what I think they mean when they say ‘oh, your flexibility will be taken away from you,’ what they’re really talking about is their flexibility to reach into your pocket any time they want to. Right now they have all the power.”