On this edition of Your Call, we’ll talk about the desperation felt by drivers for taxis and companies like Uber and Lyft. The median income for these drivers is $24,000 a year. How has the explosion of these services impacted drivers?
On February 5, Doug Schifter, a 61-year-old New York City driver for hire, shot and killed himself in front of New York City Hall. He left a note saying he’d rather be dead than be “a slave working for chump change” and called Uber a “liar, cheat, and thief.” How should regulators and companies protect drivers who are struggling to make ends meet?
Bhairavi Desai, founding member of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance and a longtime labor organizer
Syed Mohsin, a San Francisco taxicab driver for more than 20 years
Edward Escobar, a San Francisco Uber and Lyft driver, advocate and organizer for drivers, and founder of The Alliance for Independent Workers
Adriano Espaillat, Congressmember representing New York’s 13th district
Associated Press: Studies are increasingly clear: Uber and Lyft congest cities