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Media Advisory for Monday, July 20th, 1 p.m.
PROGRESSIVE GROUPS, COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, TAXI WORKERS ANNOUNCE COALITION TO COMBAT UBER'S CYNICAL, DIVISIVE, FALSE "RACE STRATEGY"
Coalition to target $40 billion Uber for exploiting workers, cheating customers, worsening traffic, and shirking responsibilities to disabled riders, MTA users
WHO: Councilman Ydanis Rodríguez, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, International Association of Machinists, Central Labor Council, Transport Workers Local 100, New York Communities for Change, The Black Institute, Make the Road New York, workers, advocates and supporters.
WHAT: A press conference on Uber’s destructive economic model and the self-serving race strategy and fictitious jobs claims used to promote it. Ubernomics recasts taxi driving income as supplemental income, justifying low-wages and relentless competition between drivers on the streets. All the while, profits keep rising for Uber’s billionaire hedge fund backers. Taxi drivers and their allies are calling on the City Council to pass common-sense regulation to temporarily limit the issuance of new FHV (for-hire-vehicle) permits while an environmental impact study of the current 66,000 black cars – 66% more than just four years ago - is conducted.
WHERE: City Hall steps, Lower Manhattan.
WHEN: Monday July 20, 1 p.m.
WHY: Highly paid lobbyists – Uber has 250 nationwide, or one-third more than Wal-Mart - are leading its charge against a bill that would temporarily limit the number of black car and livery vehicle licenses by falsely claiming that it would hurt communities of color and leave the outer boroughs underserved. 72% of Uber trips are in the Manhattan's central business district. Currently, over 30,000 yellow taxi and Uber drivers – 94% immigrant - are just scraping by, all competing in congested streets for limited fares. If allowed to go unchecked, Uber would sign-up 10,000 more workers – underpaid at other full-time jobs - to compete for the scraps, earning take home pay lower than employees at McDonald’s or Wal-Mart, as congestion and competition would put all drivers in the race to the bottom. Ubernomics is not the answer to underemployment; uplifting low-wage workers and protecting full-time work is the only way forward.