Fresno Uber, Lyft drivers hit the road; not to drive, but to strike

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Usually driving, Wednesday in Chicago, Uber and Lyft drivers walking.

In New York, a slow caravan. SUV’s with signs on windows; no passengers inside.

“We want more!” 

Fresno drivers also joining the outcry. 

“At the end of the day, we’re not making any money, very little,” Fresno rideshare driver Daron Doherty said. 

Doherty one of several protesting at the corner of McKinley and Peach avenues, Wednesday afternoon, demanding change.

This before Uber goes public, expected to enter the market around $90 billion.

“It just seems like these big companies, they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, we got something good, let’s take more out of it,'” Fresno rideshare driver Amber Mell said. 

Doherty is a father, and Uber, was the perfect fit for his life.

“I have a disabled child, I go to school, and I’m trying to make everything work.”

He showed us one example of a ride.

“It was almost 10 minutes, and I got $4.75,” Doherty said. “The money looks like a decent living wage, if I was working for an employer and that was my net, it would be OK.

“But once I deduct my cost, for running my own business, depreciation value on my car, I’m making way less than minimum wage.”

Uber and Lyft both releasing statements, touting their bonuses and deals for drivers. Also saying drivers have maintained a wage of close to $20 the past few years.

When some ask why unsatisfied drivers don’t just find something else? 

“What makes us keep going is the fact that we’re hoping for a change,” Mell said.

Strikes were even reported throughout the UK. 

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