On the morning of October 3rd, the TLC is having the hearing we’ve been fighting for for two years. The TLC is presenting rules that:

  • Are a 22.5% raise – an estimated $6,000 per year increase
  • Make it so as Uber and Lyft hires more drivers, your pay increases, making it unprofitable for Uber and Lyft to keep over-hiring.
  • Ensures annual cost of living increases to our pay.

The members of the Independent Drivers Guild will be there and we hope our fellow drivers will join us to stand up for a pay raise for drivers on October 3rd and throughout the month of October.

Part of our message to the TLC will be the same we are continuing to communicate to City Council: leasing costs are way too high. We have gathered over 1,300 signatures on our petition to end predatory leasing and hundreds of drivers provided data on their lease costs. The picture from that data is clear: drivers are being overcharged and exploited. Those costs have a massive impact on our take home pay and how many hours we have to stay on the road to survive.

The city needs to step in with rules to protect app-based and black car drivers, as they have done with taxis in the past. If you agree, add your name and share your comments at: IDG.ms/fairleases

The City Council FHV Committee is looking at a bill on leasing, as well as bills that could protect drivers and riders alike from discrimination, and a bill to authorize a benefits fund for drivers. The first hearing was held in September and IDG was out in force supporting the best proposals and offering suggestions to strengthen protections for drivers. Those proposals could come up for a vote in the next month or so. Please stay tuned to IDG for the latest on those bills, the pay rules and how you can use your voice to help win a more fair industry

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Article by Ryan Price

Ryan Price is Executive Director of the Independent Drivers Guild, an affiliate of the International Association of Machinists, which represents and advocates for more than 60,000 app-based drivers in New York City. We’re Uber, Lyft, Juno, Via workers united for a fair industry.

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