En una conferencia virtual, los choferes de la Alianza de Trabajadores Móviles respondieron a los comentarios crueles del director ejecutivo de Uber Dara Khosrowshahi sobre la crisis de la salud pública.

Esta mañana, Khosrowshahi les dijo a los analistas financieros, “Sin duda la situación demuestra la desventaja de agregar protecciones básicas a empleo que requiere la forma W2.”

James Wiest un chofer de la Alianza de Trabajadores Móviles respondió a los comentarios Khosrowshahi. El digo, “Esto es despreciable, inclusive para Uber.”  “Esto se cruel hacia los choferes y una vez más Uber demuestra sus verdaderos colores – lo único que les importa son las ganancias, incluso en la más grave emergencia de la salud pública que nos enfrentamos en mi vida.”

Después, los choferes hicieron conocer sus demandas, incluyendo que Uber y Lyft eliminen inmediatamente la boleta que dirige anular la AB 5, que reclasifica a choferes como empleados, y que den uso a los $110 millones que se han comprometido para la campana para proveer ayuda directa para los choferes afectado por el brote del COVID-19.

Mientras las autoridades federales, estatal, y local toman medidas extraordinarias para prevenir el brote del Coronavirus, Uber y Lyft han fallado en tomar pasos adecuados para proteger a los choferes y pasajeros de la amenaza del crecimiento del virus.

En menos de una semana, miles de choferes han firmado una petición exigiendo los gigantes de las compañías de los viajes compartíos que tomen acción inmediata para cumplir con la AB 5, la que luchamos y ganamos en 2019.

Aquí están nuestras demandas:

  • Uber y Lyft pon un fin inmediato a la clasificación incorrecta de los choferes y cumplan con la AB 5 para proteger a los choferes y la seguridad púbica.
  • Uber y Lyft dar “Pago por Ausencia Laboral” para todos los trabajadores quienes están demostrando cualquier posible síntoma del COVID-19, han sido diagnosticados, o han sido ordenados estar en cuarentena, por los menos 14 días. Salarios por hora debería de ser de mínimo de $15, y todos los trabajadores deberían de ser compensado por lo menos 30 horas por semana.
  • Uber y Lyft dar un examen gratuito del COVID-19 para todos los choferes.
  • Uber y Lyft reembolsa a los choferes todos los gastos relacionado para mantener los automóviles seguros y desinfectados.
  • Uber y Lyft dar a todos los choferes una compensación por el tiempo dedicado a desinfectar los automóviles entre viajes.
  • Una junta urgente con el equipo executivo de Ubre y Lyft para dirigir las preocupaciones de los choferes, con el fin de establecer policías permanentes del Pago por Ausencia Laboral y procedimientos de respuesta rápida por si hay emergencias de salud pública en el futuro.
  • Asignar los $110 millones de la insultante boleta a un fundo para apoyar a los choferes afectados por el brote del COVID-19.

“Uber y Lyft no están haciendo los suficiente para proteger a los choferes y pasajeros durante esta crisis de salud pública.”  Dijo Jerome Gage, un chofer de la Alianza de Trabajadores Móviles. “Porque Uber y Lyft se niegan a cumplir con la ley estatal y clasificaron correctamente con empleados, nos quedamos sin garantía a Pago por Ausencia Laboral debido a enfermedad, seguro de desempleo, o seguro de salud. Si los choferes como yo comenzamos mostrar síntomas, nos vemos obligados a decidir entre quedarnos en cuarentena y ganar suficiente dinero para mantener comida en la mesa para nuestras familias. Esto es inaceptable.”

Choferes siguieran recolectando firmas en los próximos días junto a nuestros aliados de Paid Leave for the United States (Pago por Ausencia Labora para Los Estados Unidos). Dile a Ubre y Lyft que tomen acción inmediata para proteger la salud pública!

In a virtual press conference today, Mobile Workers Alliance drivers reacted to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s cruel take on the current public health crisis.

This morning, in comments to financial analysts regarding the ongoing pandemic, Khosrowshahi said “This situation certainly demonstrates the downside of attaching basic protections to W2 employment.”

MWA driver James Wiest addressed the comment directly in remarks to press. “This is despicable, even by Uber’s standards,” he said. “This heartlessness toward drivers once again shows Uber’s true colors – prioritizing profits above all else, even in the midst of the most serious public health emergency we’ve faced in my lifetime.”

Later, drivers outlined our demands, including a call for Uber and Lyft to immediately drop their deceptive ballot measure aimed at overturning AB 5, reclassify drivers as employees, and use the $110 million committed to the campaign to provide direct relief to drivers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

As federal, state, and local authorities take extraordinary measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, Uber and Lyft have failed to take meaningful steps to protect drivers and passengers from the growing public health threat.

In less than a week, thousands of drivers have signed onto a petition urging the rideshare giants to take immediate action to comply with AB5, which we fought for and won in 2019.

Here are our demands:

  • Uber and Lyft end driver misclassification immediately and comply with Assembly Bill 5 to protect worker and public safety.

  • Uber and Lyft provide paid leave for all workers who are exhibiting any possible COVID-19 symptoms, have been diagnosed, or have been ordered to self-quarantine, for at least 14 days. Hourly wages should be $15 at minimum, and all workers should be compensated for at least 30 hours per week.

  • Uber and Lyft provide free COVID-19 screening to all drivers.

  • Uber and Lyft reimburse drivers for all expenses related to keeping cars safe and sanitized.

  • Uber and Lyft provide compensation to drivers for time spent disinfecting vehicles between rides.

  • An urgent meeting with Uber and Lyft executive teams to address drivers’ concerns, with the goal of establishing permanent paid leave policies and rapid response procedures for future public health emergencies.

  • Put the $110 million allocated to the insulting ballot measure into a fund to support drivers affected by the outbreak.

“Uber and Lyft are not doing enough to protect drivers and passengers during this public health crisis,” MWA driver Jerome Gage said. “Because Uber and Lyft refuse to comply with state law and properly classify us as employees, we’re left without guaranteed paid sick time, unemployment insurance, or employer-provided healthcare. If drivers like me begin to show symptoms, we’re forced to decide between self-quarantining and making enough money to keep food on the table for our families. It’s unacceptable.”

Drivers are continuing gather petition signatures in the coming days alongside partners Paid Leave for the United States. Tell Uber and Lyft to take immediate action to protect public health!

What do you do when your rights and life come under attack? You stand up and fight back, and that’s exactly what members of the Mobile Workers Alliance (MWA) are doing.

On March 11th, dozens and dozens of Lyft and Uber drivers participated in preventive self-defense classes organized by MWA drivers for drivers in the Los Angeles area. The classes were spearheaded following the reports of rampant violence towards Uber and Lyft drivers, including the violent attack and robbery of MWA member Manuel Ramos in February.

“I was transporting 4 passengers on the freeway when I was attacked by a passenger in the backseat,” said Manuel Ramos. “This attack came out of nowhere and could have caused a really bad accident on the freeway. Thank god I was able to pull over into a gas station and safely get out of the car to call for help,” he added. “When I returned to my vehicle, I noticed that my family’s rent money was missing from the glove compartment.”

A shaken-up Ramos went on leave for three days without pay, despite being attacked on the job. What did Uber do for Ramos? Absolutely nothing with a lasting impact. The passenger can still use the app, but will never be paired with Manuel. For Manuel and his fellow drivers, that’s simply not enough.

“At first I was angry with the passengers that robbed me,” Manuel adds. “Now I’m equally angry with Lyft because they simply don’t care about drivers’ well-being, they only care about their profits. That’s why we’re taking up these self-defense classes. We refuse to be victims.”

Because both Uber and Lyft refuse to comply with California labor laws and properly classify drivers as employees, drivers work without proper workplace safety protections and run the risk of being attacked without adequate recourse like it happened to Ramos.

Like Ramos says, drivers are learning to defend themselves from violent passengers and the Silicon Valley companies that punch them down by denying them their labor rights.

“Today, we learned to defend ourselves from people who try to harm us in our cars and from the companies that abuse and exploit us,” said Uber driver and MWA leader Linda Valdivia.

At the end of the classes, four in-cabin cameras were raffled amongst the self-defense class participants. The drivers went back on the job well-equipped to fend off any attack, and committed to continue standing their ground in their fight to be classified correctly and win a union.

“I hope that we all feel a little more empowered today,” added driver James Wiest at the end of the self-defense classes. “Not just from the lessons the instructor taught us, but because we learned them together.”

“There is power in a union and there is power in working people standing together,” he added.