NEW YORK – Lyft and Uber drivers are planning to strike today.
People who work for the two ride-sharing companies say they will turn off their Ridehail apps for two to 24 hours.
In New York City, that will happen for two hours during the morning rush hour. In other cities, ridehail apps will be off for a full 24 hours.
Drivers say they want livable wages, regulated fares, and job security. They argue the founders of Lyft and Uber have gotten rich while they are labeled as contractors and denied full employee benefits.
There will reportedly be protests in at least eight U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, and Philadelphia.
The strike comes two days before Uber’s IPO, which is expected to have a valuation of over 80-billion dollars.