Uber & Lyft Drivers Can’t Unionize But That Doesn’t Mean They’re Not Protesting

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The NLRB decided that ride-share drivers are not employees for the purpose of unionization. However, that is not stopping them from protesting their low pay.

In early May, the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel decided that ride-share drivers who drive for companies like Uber, Lyft and others are not employees under the National Labor Relations Act and, as a result cannot unionize.



That decision, however, has not stopped ride-share drivers from taking matters into their own hands.

On Thursday, ride-share drivers in Seattle teamed up with the Teamsters to protest the low pay drivers are receiving.


In early May, ride-share drivers around the world conducted a concerted protest the day Uber went public.



“During the strike, Lyft’s stock dropped to its lowest value since going public,” reports Labor Notes. “Uber’s stock market launch (known as an initial public offering, or IPO) lost more value in its first day than any other in U.S. history.”

Despite the fact that ride-share drivers are not considered ’employees,’ it does not appear their protests will be slowing down anytime soon.

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