Carpool drivers call for Uber strike on Memorial Day
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – The strike initiated by Torsten Kunert, better known as Rideshare Professor, was a call to action in hopes that Uber would pay more attention to the safety of its drivers.
Kunert posted a video on YouTube and the message began circulating with drivers across the country, saying they were ready to take one of the busiest travel vacations of the year.
On Monday, we heard many of the same issues with expensive rides and time-consuming waits. What we couldn’t say was whether this was a byproduct of the strike or whether it was part of the driver shortage cities like Nashville had to endure for weeks.
Justine is from California and said, “We have certainly been waiting a long time. Like 20 minutes, 25 minutes. Her friend explained that a ride costs at least $ 60 for a 10-minute drive.
Carpool drivers have been rare since Nashville and others lifted COVID restrictions. Some of these drivers say they are reluctant to get behind the wheel because there is always a risk of catching COVID.
Kunert’s video questioned Uber’s attempt to get driver feedback through a new pilot program called Uber Crew. The idea is that the drivers would volunteer to be spokespersons for their community and relay their concerns to Uber.
“They somehow claim well, we’re going to involve you in the decision-making process. We will give you a voice. We will create a panel for you. Nothing ever happens. Nothing materializes, ”Kunert said.
Kunert goes on to say, “Listen, the only way to amplify our voices is to hit Memorial Day.”
We spoke with Kunert who explained that it’s never about distracting our fallen heroes, but rather making Uber and Lyft remember the drivers who have been in danger. He says these drivers deserve more protection to show up and be in close contact with people who may be carriers of the virus. The same recognition also applies to people attacked at work.
“We remember all of the fallen heroes. No doubt about it, but Uber and Lyft, we’ll call you back, ”Kunert said.
Uber tells us they haven’t seen any service disruption other than the delays we’ve already reported due to the driver shortage. They say the service is no different now than it was last week.
Each carpooling company has developed an incentive plan to bring back the drivers. Uber now pays the equivalent of $ 24 an hour for those who work 20 or more hours a week. The pay scale will continue until they feel they have enough drivers to meet demand.
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