Uber drivers, frustrated with a general lack of communication, arbitrary treatment, and unfair business practices, will host a demonstration today at Uber Technology Inc. offices at 1437 Seventh Street in Santa Monica.
In an effort to have their voices heard, drivers have reached out to Teamsters Local 986 for guidance and support in forming an association for app-based commercial drivers, including all drivers who utilize the Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar technology platforms.
“We are pleased to assist in what we believe will be a strong movement,” said Ron Seamans Jr., business agent at Teamsters Local 986. “Although we are only in the initial stages of organization, we will have a presence at the upcoming demonstration.”
Uber Technology recently advised its Uber Black and Uber SUV drivers that vehicle models under 2010 would be pulled from the platform, while only giving the drivers two weeks to purchase newer vehicles.
Uber Technologies offered to let the older cars and SUVs function under the less-expensive UberX platform, but Uber drivers are concerned that the fuel-to-fare ratio makes such an option economically unfeasible.
Drivers are frustrated that other Uber markets have given their drivers months to plan for the transition, not just two weeks.
Uber drivers also are attempting to raise awareness in support of legislation being considered in the California Legislature. AB 2293 would require transportation network companies, including UBER, Lyft and Sidecar, to purchase insurance for those vehicles from the moment the driver application is activated, continuing until it is turned off.