Uber drivers to protest this weekend over money

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A group of Uber drivers are calling for a strike this weekend, hoping the company will make some changes to the app.

The group is calling for the addition of a tip option, an increase of the minimum fare, a cancellation fee of $7, and a 60 percent bump in all UberX rates. More than 1,000 drivers are estimated to participate in the strike in cities all over the U.S., including San Francisco.

The group demanding these changes is called Uber Freedom and it is asking drivers to avoid the app entirely for the next three days in hopes the company will listen.

There are over 20,000 Uber driver partners in the Bay Area, according to an Uber spokeswoman.

The spokeswoman also issued a statement Friday afternoon:

“We always welcome feedback from driver-partners. Each week, 10s of thousands of drivers across the U.S. begin using the Uber app to make money on their own time, to reach their own goals. Drivers say they value the flexibility and the chance to be their own boss, and choose Uber over other options because it fits around their life and works for them.”

 

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