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Uber and Lyft drivers strike ahead of IPOs

May 8, 2019
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In this special edition of Your Call, we'll talk about why Uber and Lyft drivers are going on strike.

Roe Rivano Barros

The rideshare company Lyft recently launched its public offering and Uber is expected to do the same this month. Some drivers on those platforms are taking this opportunity to tell the companies and investors that they’re getting organized and want to see improvements in their working conditions. 

San Francisco taxi driver Kelly Dessaint began his 20-year career in print media publishing zines. Then in 2015, he landed a weekly column in the San Francisco Examiner called I Drive SF, which chronicles his experiences on the road.

Eli Wirtschafter / KALW

Hundreds of San Francisco taxi drivers are in debt after paying $250,000 for medallions, licenses to drive in the city. The city’s plan to help that group of drivers comes at the expense of other drivers, who have also suffered from the taxi industry’s collapse.

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Instead of working just one job for a single employer, more and more of us are becoming gig workers: people who consult, freelance, contract, temp, and do jobs on-call. The number of Americans with these alternative work arrangements has been growing steadily over the last ten years. 

Daily news roundup Tuesday, January 12, 2015

Jan 12, 2016
"Gender Neutral Restroom UC Irvine" Ted Eytan, under CC license/ Resized and Cropped

 

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

 Uber cuts passenger fares, drivers cry foul // SF Examiner

“Citing low winter ridership, Uber has slashed prices in 48 cities across the U.S. While Uber says it’ll mean good things for riders and drivers alike, drivers say the prices go too far.”

The Spot: Commuter Stories

Jan 8, 2015

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...


 

Last month, San Francisco International Airport issued cease-and-desist orders to six different app-based rideshare companies like LyftSideCar, and UberX.

These companies connect regular drivers –not licensed taxi or limo drivers– to passengers via smartphone app. The driver gets paid through a voluntary donation, also done through the app.