United Drivers Membership.
Forming a membership organization changes the basic power relationship between the Rideshare companies and Drivers. Without a membership organization, Uber/Lyft... has almost all the rights in its relationship with drivers. They can change our working conditions at any time as long as they do not commit a breach of contract (that they wrote) or violate certain other limited laws. For instance, Uber raised the fee from 10% to 35%. Uber cut the fare down to 75% in San Francisco and the East Bay Area over the past couple years. Without a group, any benefits we receive are at the discretion of the company Uber/Lyft...
Once you form a drivers' organization, Uber/Lyft... cannot make changes in your working conditions unless they are negotiated with you as United Drivers (UD) members. Any benefits or working conditions covered by your contract are protected.
When you negotiate your contract, you and your co-drivers decide what kinds of things could be improved and make proposals to Uber/Lyft... Because we stand united, Uber/Lyft... will be obligated to negotiate over most proposals that affect the quality of driving. Forming a united drivers organization gives you strength in numbers to improve your pay and working conditions.
Will everyone have to join?
Forming a united drivers organization can only guarantee one thing: when all drivers stick together, we have more bargaining power than we do as scattered individuals. We encourage all drivers to join and become a member. We need you. You need us. Paul Ryan said “Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.” For this reason, in work sites where everyone is a United Uber Drivers (UUD) member, drivers find that they can act most effectively as a member because management knows that all drivers are united.
What will forming a united membership guarantee?
United Drivers (UD) will negotiate a contract with Uber/Lyft... about benefits, deactivations, ride fare, ride fees, grievances and working conditions. The contract our UD negotiates will be legally binding on the ridesharing company Uber/LYft... Acting as a United Drivers, drivers can make sure that Uber/Lyft... follows the contract. Without a UD contract, you can take your complaints to Uber/LYft. management, but management has the final say on whether to make improvements or correct a problem. With a UD contract, you have help in filing grievances and enforcing your contract. If Uber/Lyft... refuses to settle the complaint, the grievance will go to strike. All drivers organized on a platform will freeze from driving for a limited time (a few minutes, few hours or few days – as instructed). The company Uber will have no choice but to negotiate the matter. Read more...