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Drivers Protest Outside Uber's SM Office


Drivers for the popular ride-share app Uber were protesting the company's business practices in Santa Monica Tuesday.

Teamsters Local 989 organized the demonstration at 11 a.m. outside Uber Technology offices, 1437 Seventh St. in Santa Monica.

The drivers of the app-based ride-sharing company protested its alleged "general lack of communication, arbitrary treatment and unfair business practices," one official said.

The protest also included the drivers raising awareness of Assembly Bill 612, sponsored by Sherman Oaks Representative Adrin Nazarin, which would require drivers submit to a fingerprint background check with the California Department of Justice.

Eva Behrend of Uber released the following statement: "While Uber is focused on a great experience for riders and economic opportunity for drivers, the Teamsters Local 986 is focused on recruiting membership and filling their coffers. Partner drivers grow successful small businesses thanks to the freedom, flexibility, and economic opportunity afforded by the Uber platform. Uber partner drivers have a direct line into the Uber team and we will continue to work with them to ensure their small businesses thrive."


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