Uber on strike until Sunday, drivers plan to demonstrate in Old Town Fort Collins

Tatiana Parafiniuk-Talesnick

Getting a ride may be more difficult this weekend – drivers for the popular ride service, Uber, are going on strike.

In Fort Collins, the strike begins Thursday night with a demonstration at midnight in the Old Town Square. This strike may have a large impact in a college town where many students depend on ride services to get around on the weekend. The strike is set to last from Oct. 16 through Oct.18. 

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At the end of the flyer the paper reads “Solidarity is the answer!!!”

The strike is a nation-wide event. A Facebook group called “UBER Freedom,” labeled as a community organization, is giving the basic outline of the non-negotiable demands of drivers: raise Uber’s X fares by 60 percent, add a tip option to the app, raise the minimum fare to $7 and raise the cancellation fee to $7. The Facebook group encourages drivers not to turn their app on for the whole weekend, and “stand together as one voice.”

This nation-wide strike will be the biggest strike in Uber worker history.

Uber was created in 2009. The ride service now has 150,000 drivers worldwide and is valued at about $41 billion, according to Business Insider. The app connects passengers to drivers via GPS. On the ride, both the driver and the passenger rate each other on a 5 point scale. Drivers who have lower than a 4.2 rating risk being cut from the program, and passengers with low ratings risk not being picked up.

This nation-wide strike is not the first time the app made headlines – presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has said he has a “serious problem” with the service because of its unregulated nature, according to Reason.com.

 

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Collegian Reporter Tatiana Talesnick-Parafiniuk can be reached online at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @tatianasophiapt.