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Uber Drivers Protest Outside San Francisco Headquarters, Call For Nationwide Strike

The strikers are protesting what they say are unfair working conditions.

Uber Drivers Protest Ridesharing Company for More Money

More money for each ride. That's what a group of protesting Uber drivers are demanding from the company. Michelle Roberts reports. (Published Friday, Oct. 16, 2015)

A group of Uber drivers protested at the company’s San Francisco headquarters on Friday as part of a weekend-long strike that could take as many as 1,300 Uber drivers off the road.

As they gathered, they chanted and held signs that read, "Uber's greed puts drivers in need."

The strikers are demanding that the transportation company raise rates 60 percent nationwide and raise cancellation fees and minimum fare fees to $7.

The upset drivers also want to see Uber implement a tip option for passengers – something the company’s competitor Lyft already provides.

“There comes a point where enough is enough,” said former Uber driver Abe Husein, who says he organized the strikes. “We have to make a stand and fight for our rights.”

He continued: “Drivers are left with about 7-10 cents a mile profit, which is below minimum wage.”

Some Uber customers have said that the demands don’t seem unreasonable, adding that they would be willing to pay a little extra if it meant getting quality service in return.

“I feel like this [wage] policy has stopped them from receiving credit for their work,” said Uber customer Adrian Pintor.

Others, however, say they would quickly switch over to other ride-sharing apps if the price of a fare rises dramatically.

“If their fares go up, I just might not use it – and they’ll get no fares,” another Uber user warned.

The San Francisco strike is mirrored in other locations across the country, where protests are planned in Los Angeles and Chicago. Drivers for Uber are unable to formally unionize, however, as they are considered independent contractors.

Uber officials declined to comment directly on the strikes, instead releasing a statement saying, the company "always welcome feedback from our driver-partners."