There are two planned rallies outside of Uber and Lyft's (LYFT) offices in Long Island City today.
The first, happening now, is being held by the Independent Driver's Guild, a Machinists Union affiliate that represents over 45,000 for-hire vehicle drivers in New York City.
The messaging from IDG, which receives some funding from Uber, is that it is rallying in solidarity with drivers across the country who are fighting for fair wages.
New York City implemented a first-of-a-kind minimum pay for drivers on February 1. Under the new policy, all drivers will earn a minimum take-home pay of $17.22 per hour, or $27.86 before expenses.
One of the organizers at the IDG rally said that "everyone in the country" wants to have a pay floor implemented and the rally is intended to help push for that.
Uber and Lyft driver Jermain Stevens tells me:
You have to give up something to get something."
Stevens says he's been driving for the companies for three years and "to some level" things have changed for him since the new minimum wage law kicked in. He's taking time off work today to rally on behalf of other drivers around the country.
The next rally, organized by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, is slated to start at 1 pm.