Lyft and Uber threatened to stop doing business in Minneapolis after the city council adopted a new rule Thursday that would set a minimum wage for rideshare drivers.
In a 7-5 vote, the Minneapolis City Council passed an ordinance that includes a number of rideshare worker protections, including a minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers.
Mayor Jacob Frey has the opportunity to veto the ordinance and has until next Wednesday, August 23, to do so.
The proposed ordinance mandates at least $1.40 per mile and $0.51 per minute within Minneapolis be paid to drivers.
Minneapolis is debating the minimum wage as gig workers across the country are advocating for fair wages and job benefits.
Uber sent an email to its drivers on Monday, urging them to contact the Mayor and City Council to ask them to oppose the move.
Uber said its drivers sent over 700 emails on Thursday, but did not specify what was in those emails. »