Uber and Lyft drivers turn off app in multi-city strike

Drivers who work for the ride-sharing apps plan to strike for all or part of Wednesday, demanding better pay and benefits.
2:06 | 05/08/19

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Transcript for Uber and Lyft drivers turn off app in multi-city strike
Now we go to a major ride-sharing strike taking place this morning. Uber and Lyft drivers in major cities all over the country are turning off the app for all or part of the day to demand better pay and benefits from their companies. ABC's T.J. Holmes is in Brooklyn with more. Good morning, T.J. Reporter: Good morning. 20 to $25 an hour is what Uber and Lyft will tell you the drivers make. It's closer to minimum wage. In the same week investors are about to make billions. Drivers are making a point and that could make for a frustrating day for commuters. Passengers who use Uber or Lyft may have a long wait time for a ride. Drivers in at least ten major cities are shutting off their apps demanding better pay and benefits. From JFK. Reporter: This man has been an Uber driver for three years and says recently his pay has been cut in half. Could not even feed my family. We have to stay out more time. We work between 70 and 80 hour. Reporter: The main issue pay structure. Strike organizers say Uber and other ride share companies can take what amounts to as much as 50% of the passenger fares. They want that capped around the strike comes on the eve of Uber going public and one of the largest tech ipos in history set to make its investors billions. What do you think about people making billions and your situation being what it is? Drivers are not making nothing. Without driver this company don't exist. Reporter: Uber tells ABC news, drivers are at the heart of our service. We can't succeed without them. Thousands of people come into work at Uber every day focused on how to make their experience better on and off the road. So here in New York seven to nine. That's when drivers will cut off their apps right at the heart of the commute but out in L.A., 24 hours they're expected to be without many of their Uber and Lyft driver, Michael. All right, thank you, T.J. It's going to make it a little harder to get to work if you need a ride.

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