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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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November 20, 2021 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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November 20, 2021 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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November 20, 2021 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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November 19, 2021 0

Uber changing app to avoid reach of California’s new gig workers law

For the past month, the ride-hailing company Uber has been piloting new features in California, such as letting drivers set their own payment rates, in hopes it will avoid the reach of a new state law threatening to reclassify its contractors as full-time employees. But workers – and legal experts – say they aren’t fooled.…
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November 18, 2021 0

Rough ride-share: why drivers are also at risk of violence

Here’s a tip for ride-share drivers: don’t skimp on the weapons. So says Orlando Starr, a gig-economy road warrior who clocks 850 billable miles a week in south Florida. In a YouTube monologue, the self-proclaimed “Angry Uber Driver” takes stock of the arsenal concealed in his 2016 Honda Civic: knives, ice picks, baseball bat, stun…
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November 17, 2021 0

Uber to bring back self-driving cars in California for first time since 2018 death

California issued a permit to Uber that allows it to test self-driving vehicles on public roads, the state’s department of motor vehicles announced on Wednesday. Uber joined 65 other companies including Apple, Tesla, Lyft and Waymo, that already had authorization to test autonomous vehicles in the state. The approval sets the stage for Uber to…
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November 17, 2021 0

Uber reveals plans for flying taxi to bypass road traffic congestion

Uber has unveiled plans for a flying taxi at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The ride-sharing company on Tuesday showed off a full-size mock-up of the electric plane concept vehicle created with South Korean carmaker Hyundai, as it seeks to fly above traffic rather than add to it. Uber wants to offer aerial…
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November 15, 2021 0