StopforChange Launches in New York City in Reponse to Rash of NYC Driver Suicides
A Movement launched to organize NYC drivers for better pay following three cases of NYC drivers in economic distress committing suicide.
NEW YORK, February 12, 2018 (Newswire.com) - StopforChange is a movement formed in response to three NYC drivers in economic distress committing suicide. At a Candlelight Vigil at City Hall, where earlier Douglas Schifter committed suicide (with a shotgun, no less), attendees gathered, channeling pain into strength, they vowed to heed Schifter's call to unite drivers.
The thing holding all drivers back is a feeling of helplessness. As the NYC rideshare market continues to mint millionaires and billionaires, drivers are working longer hours for less pay. Moe Gangat summed up the state of play: "Founders and investors get all the money — and it is a lot of money. Drivers have no say, no seat at the bargaining table. Hell, there is no bargaining table. It is just Uber, Lyft, and Juno forcing contracts down their throats. So drivers get the shaft. It is a broken system and a total nightmare."
Founders and investors get all the money — and it is a lot of money. Drivers have no say, no seat at the bargaining table. Hell, there is no bargaining table. It is just Uber, Lyft, and Juno forcing contracts down their throats. So drivers get the shaft. It is a broken system and a total nightmare.
Moe Gangat, Movement Organizer
StopforChange cautions against trying yet another strike. Says Moe Gangat: "Asking drivers to stop driving — and stop earning — even for just a few days is asking too much. We are not doing a strike. At least not a strike in the traditional sense. We have new ideas that will take hard work but we see the road ahead. Every driver we meet gets it. We're excited to see it come together."
StopforChange is getting bigger by the second. Movement members are connecting via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at invite-only weekly meetings (with free parking) near La Guardia Airport. The movement hopes to organize 1,000 drivers in its first month and 25,000 drivers by year's end.
About StopforChange: StopforChange is organizing NYC drivers to bargain for a fair share of NYC's billion-dollar rideshare market. 25,000 drivers speaking as one will not be denied. All drivers want is fair pay. Get ready for #StopforChange. Join the movement and support drivers!
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