Uber and Lyft Drivers Strike for Better Pay and Benefits

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Rideshare drivers in at least 10 major US cities and several cities internationally went on strike on May 8, demanding better pay, protections, benefits, support, and transparency from Uber, Lyft, and Juno.

The 24-hour strike, which has received the support of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), aims to demonstrate how crucial drivers are to Uber and Lyft. The strike occurred in about a dozen cities, including Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Dayton, Ohio. News of the strike has prompted drivers in Kenya, Nigeria, Chile, Costa Rica, and the United Kingdom to join the boycott, according to Vox.

Drivers, who are classified as independent contractors, are asking for a guaranteed $28 per hour minimum rate to cover work-related expenses, such as gas, insurance, and maintenance, Mashable reported.

Rideshare Drivers United, which led the strike in Los Angeles,…

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