The Independent Drivers Guild is a machinists union project to support over 60k workers who drive for Uber, Lyft, Via, and Juno. This series will explore what the IDG fights for and why, who they represent and how, and where drivers can go when they need help. Text BTW to 64336 to get updates on the podcast, and visit to become a member. To contribute to the podcast, leave us stories, ideas, and questions on our hotline, 1-844-554-4015. 

October 10, 2017

Tipping, Part One.

In our first episode, we introduce the Independent Drivers Guild and our fight to win a mandate for all apps to feature a tipping option in New York City. Hear directly from our members and learn how they operate, why they participate, and what real drivers are asking for. Leave your thoughts and stories on our podcast hotline, 1-844-554-4015 and join the guild by visiting 


The Independent Drivers Guild has been fighting for clean, regularly serviced bathrooms at the JFK cell phone lot. We deserve better and should not have to suffer the indignity and health risks of waiting at JFK with no access to real bathrooms. Call the Port Authority and demand that they install actual bathrooms with running water at JFK. Call 844-335-3514. 

October 23, 2017

Tipping, Part Two.

For years, Uber resisted a tipping option in their app. But when drivers submitted 11,000 signatures to the TLC, they got the city’s attention – and it didn’t stop there. Learn more about the growing movement in New York City and hear what happens when drivers come together to fight for change. Leave your thoughts and reactions on our podcast hotline, 1-844-554-4015 and join by visiting

October 30, 2017

Nowhere to Go

In six years, the number of For Hire Vehicle drivers serving New York City went from 8,000 to 80,000, while the number of relief stands hasn’t changed. Relief stands are essential for bathroom access - but what can drivers do when one isn't available? All drivers suffer from lack of access to a proper restroom. We want to hear your story. Give us a call at 844-445-4015. Become a member at


Cynthia is a multi-lingual world traveler, a coder, a mother, and an IDG member. She weighed in on tipping in our first episode, but don’t miss the rest of our conversation. Are you a driver? Share your story with us about why you got behind the wheel on our hotline at 844-554-4015.

November 21, 2017

Getting Around

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles aren't as common in New York as they should be, and both public and private transit services continue to fail people with disabilities. The TLC was on its way to increasing access to NYC's yellow cab fleet, but the app-based driver boom tampered with their approach. The FHV industry must be accessible to all New Yorkers, but new proposals would force working people to front the cost. IDG members joined some of New York's most prominent Accessibility Advocates to share perspectives and work toward a policy solution for passengers and drivers alike. 

December 12, 2017

Ratings and Deactivations

Every day, drivers face a flawed ratings system and unfair deactivations. Since negotiating with Uber, IDG is now able to provide drivers with a more fair hearing process to help get them back on the road. Listen to these drivers describe the challenges they face in an industry where the customer isn’t always right.

December 18, 2017

Meet a Driver: The Outlier

New York City drivers and IDG members come from all over the world; Victor has seen a lot of it. Listen in as he describes his path to finding a place in the IDG, and his views on the industry as it is today. Become a member at and leave us your story on our hotline at 1-844-554-4015.

January 9, 2018

Pay Protections

The Independent Drivers Guild has started a fight for fair pay, and we intend to finish it. Huge companies have pushed drivers into poverty for too long. New York drivers are demanding their city protect them, not the corporations that have won out in the race to the bottom. Become an IDG member at, and call 718-841-7330 to learn more about organizing. Season Finale.