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Lawmakers in Los Angeles approved the commissioning of a study to examine the feasibility of establishing a 30 $/hour minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers.
The Council of the city Directive comes days after Council President Herb Wesson asked, a draft of the regulation, the driver for the rideshare company require to earn a $15 hourly wage, plus an additional $15 to cover expenses.
The Los Angeles Times reported that more than 100 Uber-and-Lyft-drivers meeting wearing neon-green T-shirts participated in the Tuesday morning. Some held up signs reading “rules rideshare!” and “LA for $30.”
A ride share the car shows Lyft and Uber sticker on his windshield in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, file)
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Eduardo Belalcazar, driver and a member of the Mobile Workers Alliance, called for government intervention to say, the two rideshare giants only look out for their own interests at the expense of the driver.
“We’re not asking for the moon. To take just $15 to cover expenses and US $ 15 of it home with you,” he said
Many Uber and Lyft drivers in California fighting to get more and more difficult to make ends meet due to the rising cost of housing and gas prices.
“We have more to fear than just sure that we need to pay our rent,” driver James Hicks told KCBS-TV. “Our cars are our life — We need to make sure that we keep you on the road … Gas is too much, but we also do brakes, we have to make windscreens to worry, we take care of the wipers to.”
Lyft spokeswoman Lauren Alexander told Fox News that the company offers a “guaranteed minimum wage” and the drivers of profit increased from 6.4 percent in the past two years. You said, the drivers make more than $31 per hour on average.
Uber support “obligations on both the driver result”, but rather refers to the study “on the Basis of potentially wrong assumptions, the fundamental bias in the results,” a spokesman told the Times. The company did not respond to messages from Fox News.
A 2018 study by the Economic Policy Institute cited by the Times, the conclusion is that Uber drivers nationwide $11.77 make an hour, after the deduction of vehicle costs and the fees. That the wage drops to $9.21 after the settlement of taxes and social benefits.
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Last month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a sweeping bill intended to curb the classification of workers as independent contractors and provide the wage and benefit protection for rideshare drivers, and other gig economy workers in other industries.
Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash prepare 2020 ballot initiative arises from the law, according to the times.