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You might have a difficult time getting home on February 14, aka Valentine’s Day. Uber drivers are going on strike, so that line of trucks and SUVs waiting to give you a ride might not be there. See why ride-share groups are protesting.

Uber and Lyft strikes lock up airport travel

Plan ahead for your Valentine’s Day activities because you might need to ask someone for a ride. Ride-share drivers from Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash are going on strike to demand better pay and working conditions.

The strike will be held at airports in the following cities:

  • Austin
  • Chicago
  • Hartford
  • Miami
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philidelphia
  • Pittsburg
  • Providence
  • Tampa

Workers in the area will be refusing to provide rides to and from the airport between the hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on February 14. This could make it difficult for many travelers to get home and celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Also, it could make it challenging for some people who don’t have any other options to make their flight in time.

A phone with the Uber app on it
The Uber app | Getty Images

Reportedly, ride-share groups shared that while Silicone Valley and Wall Street take an ever-increasing cut of driver earnings, they are raising passenger rates and expecting consumers and workers alike to accept increasing corporate greed.

Uber reportedly shared that strikes rarely have an impact on business and pricing. Lyft explained that it’s consistently working to improve the driver experience which is why it released a series of offers and commitments to increase driver pay and commitment.

Lyft just announced that it would guarantee that drivers make 70% or more of rider fares and external fees each week.

The average gross hourly pay for Lyft drivers during the second quarter of 2023 was $21.44 while Uber drivers made about $18.80.

White papers revealed that Lyft drivers made $30.68 per utilized hour and Uber drivers made about $33 per utilized hour. But how much time is spent per hour without a passenger pickup?