Joe Rihn

Joe Rihn is a freelance writer and journalist from Los Angeles who covers politics, music, arts and culture.

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The Taking Economy: Rideshare Drivers Protest Low Pay

The strike by Uber and Lyft drivers came amidst highly anticipated initial public offerings from the two rideshare giants.

Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues. The American Prospect is co-publishing this piece. As part of Wednesday’s worldwide day of action, Los Angeles-area Uber and Lyft drivers participated in a strike by turning off their apps for 24 hours. Several dozen striking drivers gathered at L.A. International Airport and walked a picket line to protest low wages in the rideshare industry. Occupying a portion of the airport’s departures platform, picketers shouted and displayed signs, encouraging passing rideshare drivers to join the strike. Rideshare drivers protest low pay at LAX from CAPITAL & MAIN on Vimeo . James Hicks, an Uber driver and spokesperson for Rideshare Drivers United, which organized the Los Angeles action, said a steady decline in the per-mile rate that companies offer drivers was a major factor behind the strike. “[Uber] recently had a 25 percent pay cut, so it went...