Uber drivers plan Friday night walkout
BATON ROUGE - Uber drivers are planning a picket of the ride-sharing service Friday over a reduction in the percentage of fares given to them by the company.
Some drivers will not run between 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. There are parades in Baton Rouge on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, including the popular Spanish Town parade.
Drivers said Wednesday they will pass fliers around Thursday night to alert users to the planned protest the next night.
Drivers organizing the protest said they are upset about a 25% reduction in how much they collect from a ride. Drivers said they were receiving $1.85 per mile when Uber first launched in Baton Rouge. Eventually, they received $1.31 per mile and as of last week were receiving $.90.
But, costs have decreased for riders of the program.
Uber officials have not responded to calls for a comment about this story.
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