Uber was caught amidst protests against the newly-appointed President Trump's executive order on immigration at John F. Kennedy airport in New York City over the weekend. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance halted service to and from the airport to present a united front with protestors against Trump's ban, expressing in a statement on Facebook, "As an organization whose membership is largely Muslim, a workforce that's almost universally immigrant, and a working-class movement that is rooted in the defense of the oppressed, we say no to this inhumane and unconstitutional ban."
Uber responded by switching off surge pricing around the airport, prompting protestors to accuse the ride-sharing service of scabbing which led to a hasty statement released by the company's CEO Travis Kalanick hours later to clarify:
This order has far broader implications as it also affects thousands of drivers who use Uber and come from the listed countries, many of whom take long breaks to go back home to see their extended family. These drivers currently outside of the U.S. will not be able to get back into the country for 90 days. That means they will not be able to earn a living and support their families-and of course they will be separated from their loved ones during that time.
We are working out a process to identify these drivers and compensate them pro bono during the next three months to help mitigate some of the financial stress and complications with supporting their families and putting food on the table. We will have more details on this in the coming days.
While every government has their own immigration controls, allowing people from all around the world to come here and make America their home has largely been the U.S.'s policy since its founding. That means this ban will impact many innocent people-an issue that I will raise this coming Friday when I go to Washington for President Trump's first business advisory group meeting.
Unfortunately by this stage, the damage had been done and Uber users began deleting their accounts by the masses, sharing their opinions with the hashtag #deleteUber.
#deleteuber because scab labor hurts the working class
— Black Rose Chicago (@brrnchi) January 29, 2017
Taxi workers went on strike at JFK. Uber responded by suspending surge pricing to break the strike. Their CEO has ties to Trump. #DeleteUber— People For Bernie (@People4Bernie) January 29, 2017