“It’s a small but big way you can help.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., called on her followers to join her in boycotting Uber and Lyft Wednesday, professing support for the drivers she says deserve a “living wage.”
While calling for higher wages for workers is nothing new for Ocasio-Cortez, Fox News reports that campaign finance records show the popular democratic socialist has spent nearly $2,000 on ridesharing services in 2019 alone.
The boycott call comes as drivers for both companies have been striking to protest for higher wages. The protest has been organized ahead of Uber’s initial public offering Friday at $90 billion, which drivers says comes at the expense of their wages and job security.
Taking to Twitter to voice her support for the boycott, Ocasio-Cortez told followers it was a “small but big way you can help all the drivers you’ve met get paid more.”
🗣Labor, labor – read all about it!
Your Direct Action for today: Don’t take an Uber or Lyft just for the day. (Just today! Cabs are fine! You can do it!)
It’s a small but big way you can help all the drivers you’ve met get paid more to feed their families + support themselves. https://t.co/oaQZsYqukV
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 8, 2019
Striking drivers complain that rideshare services take too large of a cut from fares, while offering little in the way of job security. Drivers can choose to work when they want, but the companies can also terminate their account at any time.
Aside from the $2,000 Ocasio-Cortez spent on ridesharing services in 2019, Fox News reports that campaign finance records show she spent $16,000 on the services in 2018 as well. Ocasio-Cortez’s hasn’t just criticized Uber for the financial harm the company supposedly inflicts on its drivers. She also slammed Uber for a yellow-cab driver’s suicide last August.
“NYC’s fourth driver suicide. Yellow cab drivers are in financial ruin due to the unregulated expansion of Uber. What was a living wage job now pays under minimum,” she said at the time.
According to the Fox News report, Ocasio-Cortez did cut some spending on Uber amid scrutiny of her use of the service. But her use of ridesharing apps like Lyft and Juno offset her cuts to Uber, records show.
Since taking the Democratic party by storm and winning a seat in Congress, Ocasio-Cortez has become a popular figure for the progressive left. But her often tenuous relationship with the truth has opened up the freshmen representative to criticism from the other side of the aisle and her own party establishment.