Happening Now: NYC #JusticeForDrivers Campaign
“Uber don’t care nothing about black people. If they did, when they first came here they would not have directed the drivers to only be able to make money in midtown Manhattan. You can’t claim that you love black people and people of color because you wanna give them jobs on your Uber plantation. This city is 65 percent minority! C’mon, you’re not doing some affirmative action thing. Let’s tell ’em the truth.” - The Black Institute President, Bertha Lewis
UBER IS TAKING NEW YORKERS FOR A RIDE…
More than 2,000 For-Hire Vehicles Are Being Added to New York City Streets Every Month, An Unprecedented Rate of Growth That Has Slowed Down Travel Times and Choked Streets with Traffic.
“The for-hire vehicle fleet, which includes Uber and other black cars but not yellow or green taxis, has grown 63 percent since 2011. Over the past year, the city issued 2,000 new for-hire vehicle licenses each month, 64 per day. The surge has swelled the for-hire fleet from 38,000 to 63,000 vehicles since 2011. That’s 25,000 more vehicles in constant circulation.” [Streetsblog, “With Congestion Getting Worse, City Wants to Stem Flood of Uber Licenses”, 6/23/2015; TLC PowerPoint Presentation, “Proposed Bills to Facilitate Study of Congestion by Limiting Issuance of New For-Hire Vehicle (FHV) Licenses”, June 2015]
Uber Claims That Its Drivers Make a Media Salary of $90,000/Year, But These Claims Have Been Widely Debunked – In Fact, Some Even Struggle to Earn The Minimum Wage.
“Uber likes to tell the world that the median salary for UberX drivers is ~$90,000 per year in New York. Turns out that number might be a bit of an exaggeration. We spoke with more than a dozen Uber drivers to see how much money they were making, and none of the numbers they gave were even close to $90,000. In fact, a few drivers said they were struggling to even earn the minimum wage.” [Business Insider, “Uber Drivers Speak Out: We’re Making a Lot Less Money Than Uber is Telling People”, 10/29/2014]