December 1, 2023

Uber and Lyft drivers are expressing issues for making much less cash and native governments are contemplating altering the driving force’s minimal wage, however the corporations are warning that it may find yourself costing riders extra, whereas giving drivers much less. 

In Minnesota Governor Tim Walz vetoed a invoice in Might that may have set a minimal wage for rideshare drivers, saying it was not the fitting invoice. Rideshare companies threatened to drag its companies from higher Minnesota and surge costs within the Twin Cities. Now a type of Twin Cities, Minneapolis, is wanting into minimal wage as a approach to assist employees who say they’re seeing a drastic reduce in wages. 

Mauricio R. Castaneda emigrated from El Salvador to Minnesota over 20 years in the past.   

“I’ve three youngsters. I’ve a spouse. Hire is dear. With $100, we will purchase nothing,” Castaneda mentioned. 

Driver Mauricio Castaneda says he would not know the way a lot riders get charged except they inform him. “It is unhappy once they rip you off and rip me off too. There is no transparency,” he mentioned.  (Mills Hayes/Fox Information / Fox Information)

He’s been driving Lyft for 5 years and Uber for 9. He says corporations are charging riders extra and decreasing the quantity drivers could make per journey, so he’s making much less cash now than he did just some years in the past.  

“Now, I’ve to work like 18 hours each day, to make $250, typically not even 200,” Castaneda mentioned. “Insurance coverage will not be low-cost; upkeep will not be low-cost, and now we have to do every part.”

Regardless of struggling to pay his payments, Castaneda says he determined to not work at evening.

“It’s harmful with the carjackings,” Castaneda mentioned. “You need to watch in all places since you don’t know when anybody goes to assault you.”

a man speaks to the camera in a city hall building in minneapolis

Minnesota Uber and Lyft Driver’s Affiliation President Eid Ali says drivers are struggling. “We do have some drivers who should not capable of pay their utilities and their fuel has been reduce off. It’s totally severe,” Ali mentioned. He hopes the residents of Minne (Mills Hayes/Fox Information / Fox Information)

The Minnesota Uber and Lyft Driver’s Affiliation says they need three issues; higher pay, questions of safety addressed and safety in opposition to deactivation. Eid Ali is the president of the affiliation. He says many drivers are immigrants who’re new to this nation and have training and language limitations that forestall them from in search of various work. 


“Hopefully, the residing normal of these drivers who’ve been struggling to make ends meet will enhance,” Ali mentioned in regards to the potential for drivers to get a minimal wage. Below the ordinance, drivers would get a minimum of $1.40 per mile and $0.51 per minute, or $5, whichever is larger.  

A person holds the lyft app up on their phone

Lyft says the elevated fares may lead to a 60% lower in rides, which might result in a 25% lower in general driver pay. However some drivers say trip corporations have all the ability and may share among the wealth.  (Mills Hayes/Fox Information / Fox Information)

Fox spoke with Sergio Avedian, an Uber driver in Los Angeles and senior contributor for the media web site, “The Rideshare Man.” Avedian says he was making $1.40 a mile and $0.35 cents a minute in 2015. By October 2022, he was making $0.60 cents a mile and $0.21 cents a minute. He says the story is analogous when he drives with Lyft too. 


Uber didn’t instantly reply to a request in regards to the Minneapolis metropolis council proposal however has beforehand mentioned a Minnesota minimal wage would improve the price of rides by a minimum of 50% and result in a minimum of 30% fewer suggestions. The corporate supplied to pay $1.17 per mile and 34 cents per minute, however the legislature rejected the provide. Lyft mentioned the Minneapolis plan may double rider fares, resulting in fewer rides, and a possible drop in drivers’ pay. 

Affiliate Professor of Administration, Peter Norlander, Ph. D. researches employment relations and gig employees.

Uber and Lyft have been very lively politically on the native degree,” Norlander mentioned.  

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New York Metropolis and states Washington and California have all handed legal guidelines that may give drivers a minimal wage. Uber, Door Sprint and Grubhub sued New York Metropolis over their legislation and California’s Prop 22 is headed to the state’s supreme courtroom.   

“The dearth of transparency that Uber and Lyft have about wages is mainly one of many the reason why it is actually irritating for lots of drivers who work for them. Employees on the finish of the day do not know the way a lot cash they are going to earn,” Norlander mentioned. 

Norlander says the longer term seems to be very unsettled. “Employees and employers are each on the lookout for higher shares of the pie, and they will look to their allies in authorities,” he mentioned. 


Avedian says California’s Prop. 22 isn’t working and if it’s overturned by the state’s supreme courtroom, he hopes the state will undertake an identical coverage to Washington’s. A coverage he considers the “playbook.”

Colorado and Massachusetts state legislators have expressed curiosity in setting a minimal wage for Uber and Lyft drivers too.