Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 Statement On Rideshare Industry’s Callous Airport Inaction

On Saturday evening, as thousands of protesters jammed John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City to protest President Trump’s Muslim ban, cab drivers at the airport temporarily refused to serve passengers in solidarity.  At the same time, Uber continued to serve JFK and even sent out a tweet to announce a suspension of surge pricing to drum up further business.

"Cab Drivers United/AFSCME Local 2500 urges consumers to reject the gig-economy model of both Uber and Lyft--a model built on the exploitation of its own workforce and the destruction of full-time, family supporting jobs of professional taxi drivers.  While some proponents of #DeleteUber have encouraged the use of Lyft as an alternative, Lyft is no different than Uber in its policies of denying full employment rights to its drivers, deactivating drivers with no due process and increasing its own cut of drivers' fares to boost the company's bottom line."