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For too long Lyft and Uber have abused drivers like me. Not any more!

Have you ever taken a ride using the Lyft app? There’s a chance I drove you. I’ve worked in the gig economy for over four years, mostly as a Lyft driver. I started driving to make money during my hour-long commute to work. When I lost my full time job, Lyft became my primary source…
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January 17, 2022 0

Let’s follow California’s lead and regulate companies like Uber

This week, California’s governor, Gavin Newsom – a darling of tech capitalists – signed Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) into law. The bill codifies the “ABC test” to determine the applicability of California employment laws and makes it harder for companies to get away with misclassifying workers as independent contractors. If properly enforced, AB5 will have…
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January 16, 2022 0

California Uber and Lyft drivers rally for bill granting rights to contract workers

Dozens of drivers for Uber and Lyft attempted to shut down streets in San Francisco on Tuesday, demanding the right to form a union and calling on state governments to pass a new bill supporting gig worker rights. Lyft and Uber drivers from across California came in a 70-plus caravan to speak out in favor…
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January 14, 2022 0

‘I don’t like being treated like crap’: gig workers aim to retool a system they say is rigged

Felipe Martinez began working full-time as an Uber driver in the Boston, Massachusetts, area in late 2017. He enjoyed the flexibility, being able to work nights while spending days with his children and focusing on his family, but then Uber began unilaterally implementing changes that he says progressively worsened over time. “You start thinking they’re…
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January 14, 2022 0

Gig economy: California bill granting employee status passes assembly

The state assembly in California passed legislation on Wednesday that would require employers to recognize hundreds of thousands of gig workers as employees and could have far-reaching implications for contractors across the US. In a win for labor advocates, Bill 5 passed 53-11 in the assembly and will now move to the senate. If signed…
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January 7, 2022 0

Video shows police dog severely mauls Uber driver who missed car payments

Newly released video footage appears to show California police officers using a law enforcement dog to severely maul an Uber driver, who fell behind on payments for the car he rented to do his job. San Ramon police stopped Ali Badr, a 42-year-old Egyptian immigrant, in December 2020 after a rental company reported his vehicle…
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January 5, 2022 0

IPO mania: San Francisco braces for ‘earthquake’ of new tech millionaires

Several big-name tech companies are set to enter the public market, and the speculation over the effects of a crush of overnight millionaires overwhelming the region has reached fever pitch.


December 28, 2021 0

Lyft: Uber rival reveals it hopes to raise $20bn in Wall Street debut

Lyft has officially kicked off the roadshow for its initial public offering, saying Monday it plans to put more than 30m shares up for sale with an anticipated price of between $62 and $68 each.


December 28, 2021 0