Uber: Pay Employees a Fair Wage

Target: Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber

Goal: Boost pay for employees and better the consumer experience.

The rich are about to get a whole lot richer when car transportation company Uber makes its official stock market debut. Meanwhile, the organization’s loyal employees—and consumers—could be hit the hardest from corporate greed. In order to be truly worthy of a splashy public offering, this controversial company must enact serious ground-floor reform.

Over the years, Uber’s scandals have run the spectrum from sexual harassment to murder. The most long-standing and consistent injustices, however, have allegedly been perpetrated against the company’s thousands of employed drivers. These grievances have prompted nationwide protests in the days leading up to Uber’s IPO launch. Drivers do not generally benefit from the same safeguards provided to salaried employees, and many of these workers claim that Uber leadership takes advantage of lacking protections by depriving them of a reasonable living wage. In some regions, drivers charge that their take-home pay has been slashed from 80 percent of each client’s expense to just 30 or 40 percent.

Drivers are the most direct line to consumers and thus the centerpiece of the consumer experience. Unhappy drivers will very likely result in diminished consumer satisfaction. Employer-employee disputes could eventually impact the company’s pricing practices as well, to the detriment of the consumer.

Sign this petition to demand a surging company start operating in good faith with its most valuable assets: employees and consumers.


Dear Mr. Khosrowshahi,

“I want people to know how powerless you feel when your income comes from a faceless app”; “I can’t afford to drive for Uber”; “I was blindsided”; “they treat their drivers like crap.” These represent just a few sound-bytes from your company’s employees. These disgruntled drivers are the heart beat of your service. They are the faces of Uber and the most personal connection for customers. If they feel this way, how will the negativity ultimately impact your customer service and your company’s long-term reputation?

Nationwide strikes are not the way to lead off an impending IPO debut. Your spokesperson said of Uber drivers, “we can’t succeed without them.” Demonstrate you recognize the value of these individuals by treating them as true employees. Stop depriving them of hard-earned pay and start restoring trust. A happy driver will likely equal a happy consumer.

A mistreated, angry driver, on the other hand…


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mark Warner

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  1. Pay your drivers a decent wage & treat them with respect. They to must ear enough money to sustain their being able to be safe, afford to live & treat their customers safely.

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