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I am a New York food courier. Right now, it’s worse than you think

Things were looking up for Blake Volkan. The 33-year-old Turkish Russian immigrant had been delivering food on a bicycle in New York for five years, earning as little as $3.90 a trip on platforms like Caviar and Grubhub. Last year, he got married, quit delivery, and earned a handyman’s certification before landing a subcontracting job…
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September 14, 2021 0

Only in New York: the services offering helicopter rides to the wealthy

While those taking a taxi from Manhattan to John F Kennedy airport this summer can expect a 90-minute-plus crawl at rush hour, more elite New Yorkers will have access to a new eight-minute ride – with a familiar brand attached. Scheduled to launch on 9 July, UberCopter – yes, that Uber, will offer a helicopter…
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August 24, 2021 0

Loss-making Uber does not look like a business worth $90bn

Good luck to those Uber workers protesting about wages and working conditions. They picked their moment to coincide with this week’s IPO in New York, in which the company is set to be priced at $90bn (£70bn) or thereabouts, and they chose well. You do not have to be a bleeding heart liberal to think…
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August 18, 2021 0

‘I made $3.75 an hour’: Lyft and Uber drivers push to unionize for better pay

For over a year Rob Mead has worked as an Uber driver in Reno, Nevada, to supplement his income as a public sector worker. Now he’s wondering if it is worth it. “After gas, added monthly rideshare insurance, wear-and-tear, constant oil changes and taxes that $300 for 30 hours of work I thought I made…
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August 11, 2021 0