Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls for ‘direct action’ against ride-hailing services
Celebrity Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has called on her followers to boycott ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft, despite records showing her staff has spent $2,000 on their services in 2019 alone.
The controversial lawmaker is calling for “direct action” against the firms in an apparent case of “do as I say, not as I do” leadership.
The New York Democrat enthusiastically threw in her support of a worldwide strike of Uber and Lyft on Wednesday.
AOC’s campaign finance records indicate that the ride-hailing services are popular among her team, however, spending $2k with them already this year, and a whopping $16,000 last year.
The boycott is a response to Uber’s anticipated initial public offering this Friday, which is expected to reach more than $90 billion.
Drivers say this figure comes at the cost of reduced job security and wages.
🗣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
“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,” she wrote.
And Wednesday was by no means the first time Ocasio-Cortez took aim at such services.
Since declaring her candidacy to unseat incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in May 2017, her campaign has relied heavily on Uber, Lyft, and Juno, despite criticizing them for underpaying their drivers.
In August, she appeared to blame Uber for a yellow cab driver’s suicide after he killed himself with a shotgun amid his inability to compete with the internet-inspired upstarts.
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.
– to call Uber drivers what they are: EMPLOYEES, not contractors
– Fed jobs guarantee
– Prep for automation https://t.co/FjfapJV2ni
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 21, 2018
“NYC”s fourth driver suicide. Yellow cab drivers are in financial ruin due to the unregulated expansion of Uber,” she wrote.
“What was a living wage job now pays under minimum.”
Her campaign did cut some spending on Uber rides amid scrutiny.
But those cuts were soon offset by the extensive use of Lyft and Juno, Federal Election Commission (FED) records show.