Uber & Lyft Drivers to Refuse Airport Rides in Multiple Cities Tomorrow

by SharonKurheg

February 14th may be Valentine’s Day, but travelers are not going to feel the love that day if they try to get an Uber or Lyft to or from airports in several cities across the United States.

The Justice for App Workers coalition, which represents more than 130,000 drivers and delivery workers, has called for a strike in order to call attention to the lack of drivers’ fair wages and safety.

a red and white sign with a hand holding a red and black circleFrom the coalition:

Uber, Lyft, and delivery drivers are TIRED of being mistreated by the app companies. We’re sick of working 80 hours/week just to make ends meet, being constantly scared for our safety, and worrying about being deactivated with the click of a button.

Drivers from the two ride sharing platforms have announced a strike at the following airports:

  • Austin, Texas – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)
  • Chicago, Illinois – O’Hare International Airport (ORD)
  • Hartford, Connecticut – Bradley International Airport (BDL)
  • Miami, Florida – Miami International Airport (MIA)
  • Newark, New Jersey – Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
  • Orlando, Florida – Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
  • Providence, Rhode Island – T.F. Green International Airport (PVD)
  • Tampa, Florida – Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Besides the daylong strike, the coalition is also calling for rallies at the above airports, from 11 am to 1pm.

It’s possible that not all drivers will take part in the strike. After all, rideshare drivers are classified as independent contractors and neither Uber or Lyft have unions at this time. However those who support the drivers’ plight may want to avoid calling for a rideshare on Valentine’s Day. And in general, it may still be more difficult to find a driver in Austin, Chicago, Hartford, Miami, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Rhode Island, and Tampa tomorrow.

So just as you always have a Plan B for flights, it might behoove you to have one for your Uber or Lyft ride tomorrow.

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