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She was a farmworker. Her grandson is a Lyft driver. A fight for workers’ rights unites them

More than 40 years ago, Maria Cardona laid her livelihood on the line to demand change in the hot central California fields where she picked grapes and other produce for $1.75 per hour. Cardona, now 80 years old, was tired of how farmworkers like her were treated – the low wages, the backbreaking labor, the…
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October 15, 2020 0

Prop 22 explained: how California voters could upend the gig economy

It’s not often that the fate of an industry hangs in the balance during an election, but that is exactly what’s happening in California this November. Proposition 22, a proposal on the state ballot, is the result of a years-long battle between gig economy heavyweights like Uber, Lyft and Instacart, and their workers, who are…
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October 15, 2020 0

Bet on a one-horse race when it comes to William Hill takeover | Nils Pratley

As a betting event, the fun at William Hill may be over before the takeover action has properly started. A one-horse race may be in prospect. That nag is Caesars Entertainment, which has indicated a £2.9bn, or 272p-a-share, offer and secured a “minded to recommend” nod from William Hill’s board. The other contender, US private…
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September 28, 2020 0

Safety driver charged in 2018 incident where self-driving Uber car killed a woman

Prosecutors in Arizona have charged the safety driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber test car that struck and killed a woman in 2018 with negligent homicide. Court records show that Rafaela Vasquez, 46, on Tuesday pleaded not guilty in the death of Elaine Herzberg. Vasquez is the only person facing criminal consequences in…
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September 16, 2020 0

Is this the end for the gig economy? | Aaron Benanav

Having threatened to pull out of California completely, Uber and Lyft recently won a temporary reprieve from orders to reclassify their drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. The companies argued they could not come up with a plan for doing so overnight, even though more than two years have passed since California’s supreme court…
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August 24, 2020 0

All hail the California court that put the brakes on Uber and co | John Naughton

Last Monday, the superior court of California handed down a landmark judgment that looks like taking the wind out of the sails of at least some parts of the “gig economy”. The case was brought by the attorney general of the state of California, together with the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego and…
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August 22, 2020 0