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‘We’re risking our life’: coronavirus takes a toll on essential workers still on the job

Roughly 16 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the wake of immediate layoffs and furloughs due to shutdowns to try to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, triggering a generational economic crisis for millions of Americans. Essential workers still on the job continue to get paid, but the stress of working as the coronavirus…
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April 12, 2020 0

Uber drivers are being forced to choose between risking Covid-19 or starvation

For the last week, Ahmed, a driver for Uber and Lyft, has faced a heartbreaking choice: starvation or sickness. Ahmed has four kids, ages 11, eight, five and three. He lives with them, his wife and his elderly parents in San Francisco. He provides his family’s sole source of income, but even though he works…
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March 25, 2020 0

Uber and Lyft drivers protest to demand more benefits during coronavirus crisis

Rideshare drivers in San Francisco defied the city’s shelter in place order on Thursday to protest in front of Uber’s headquarters, demanding the company provide them with more benefits as they continue to work through the coronavirus pandemic. The drivers are calling for the enforcement of AB5, a landmark California law that went into effect…
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March 19, 2020 0

Coronavirus divides tech workers into the ‘worthy’ and ‘unworthy’ sick

When Josh Borden arrived for work at the Google offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday morning, it felt like arriving in a “ghost town”. The parking lot was deserted, there was no breakfast being served in the cafeteria, and the nap rooms were tagged with signs announcing their closure “as a precaution given the Covid-19…
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March 12, 2020 0

Coronavirus forces companies like Uber and Lyft to reckon with workers’ rights

Uber and Lyft achieved multi-billion dollar valuations by classifying drivers as independent contractors who are ineligible for benefits. Now the spread of coronavirus may force the gig economy to reform. Both companies have announced funds to compensate drivers who have been quarantined or diagnosed with Covid-19, in response to pressure from those who say they…
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March 11, 2020 0

The germ-sharing economy: coronavirus takes toll on gig workers

The coronavirus outbreak in the US is underscoring the difficulty of regulating the gig economy, an industry that is fundamentally based on sharing spaces and – potentially – germs. And as ride share, food delivery, and other platforms scramble to release safety guidelines for customers and employees, many workers who depend on gig work for…
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March 6, 2020 0