NEW YORK (PIX11) — After striking three times in protest over Uber blocking pay raises, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to give Uber and Lyft drivers a raise of around 10%, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance announced Wednesday.
Drivers were supposed to get raises right before Christmas but faced a lawsuit blockade from Uber. It would have been the biggest raise in a decade for drivers.
“Drivers won this victory with their steadfast organizing. But drivers shouldn’t have had to fight so hard for the raise they were due. Already, they’ve lost $80 million in income since grinch Uber blocked the raise on the eve of Christmas,” said NYTWA executive director Bhairavi Desai. “That $80 million in stolen raises lined the pockets of corporate executives instead of filling the plates of working-class families who paid every dime for every operating expense to keep service going for 700,000 riders a day during the worst of times with a post-pandemic slow recovery followed by crushing inflation.”
The increase went into effect immediately, according to NYTWA.