LONG ISLAND CITY, Queens — Uber drivers are expected to stage a strike outside of the ride-sharing service's office in Long Island City Monday over the recent price drops, PIX11 News has learned.
Uber’s 15 percent price cut was music to the ears of passengers across the five boroughs, but some drivers are crying foul.
“Right now we’re not even getting minimum wage,” a driver, who wanted to remain anonymous, said.
He's one of the company’s many drivers who said the price drop will take money out of their pockets and food off their tables.
The strike is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. outside of Uber's office on Jackson Avenue. More than 1,000 people are expected to show up for the walkout.
“We are going to be close to bankruptcy if Uber doesn't raise the commission,” another driver said.
On Friday, fares were cut by 15 percent — the base fare dropped from $3 to $2.55; the per mile rate fell from $2.15 to $1.75; and per-minute rate decreased from 40 cents to 35 cents.
The minimum fare also decreased from $8 to $7.
"Even though the individual fares themselves will be 15 percent less it will reduce the time between fares enough to make their total average earnings go up," said Josh Mohrer, the general manager for Uber New York.
Uber said the price drops should be a "win-win situation" for drivers and riders.
"Partners spent 39% less time waiting for a trip while online this weekend when compared to two weekends ago," Uber said.
"Our goal was to turn your unpaid time online into paid time and we have already seen a 20 percent increase in hourly earnings for partners."