NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Uber drivers in New York City have joined a labor solidarity association.
WCBS 880’s Stephanie Colombini reported 1,000 drivers from all five boroughs joined the group called ALLES.
It follows recent decisions by the National Labor Relations Board to deny California and Massachusetts drivers the right to unionize.
“It has been an honor and a joy to work with these 1,000 Uber drivers, most of them new Americans, as they’ve organized themselves in just a few short weeks to defend their rights as workers,” Kevin Lynch, co-chair of the labor coalition, said in a statement. “The celebration of May Day began in Chicago, in 1886 when immigrant workers, together with their unions and community groups, took to the streets to demand the eight-hour work day. These Uber drivers are keeping that tradition alive. Their decision to invite passengers, the Uber riding public, to join their organization shows their commitment to a progressive public transport service for the people of New York City.”
Syed Naqvi, who’s been an Uber driver for two years, said passengers would benefit from their drivers having wage protections and benefits.
“When the labor is satisfied, we can provide better service,” Naqvi said.
Uber said the company’s happy to talk with drivers about how to improve working conditions.
Uber did hire a top law firm for avoiding unions back in February.