Uber makes big changes to driver pay, adds tipping option

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Enlarge / People sign up to become Uber drivers at a recruitment event in South Los Angeles.

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Uber has announced it will make various changes to how its drivers get paid, including adding an option for riders to tip their driver.

Tipping is available as of today in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston; the cities will serve as test markets that let the company “create the best tipping experience.” Tipping will be available to all US drivers by the end of July.

on this page. The program is authored by Rachel Holt and Aaron Schildkrout, Uber’s lead executives for US Operations and Driver Experience.

has said he will take a leave of absence.

New York City’s Independent Driver Guild was quick to declare a win on the tipping issue, which has long been at the top of the guild’s list of demands.

“Today’s tipping announcement is an important win for drivers and proves that thousands of drivers coming together with one voice can make big changes,” IDG founder Jim Conigliaro Jr. said in an e-mailed statement. “Cuts to driver pay across the ride-hail industry have made tipping income more important than ever. This is an important first step toward a more fair ride-hail industry.”

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