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#DeleteUber: What Really Went Down

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As news of Donald Trump’s travel ban on Muslim-majority countries spread, protests sprang up at airports around the US. In support, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance called on its members to avoid John F Kennedy International Airport for one hour

NO PICKUPS @ JFK Airport 6 PM to 7 PM today. Drivers stand in solidarity with thousands protesting inhumane & unconstitutional

After the strike, Uber tweeted that surge pricing, which results in higher fares at busy times, had been switched off near JFK

Surge pricing has been turned off at Airport. This may result in longer wait times. Please be patient.

The reaction to Uber’s strikebreaking was swift. #DeleteUber began trending, as people were encouraging one another not only to delete the app from their phones, but also to cancel their Uber accounts.

Uber said it had not intended to break up any strike. “We wanted people to know they could use Uber to get to and from JFK at normal prices.”

 

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