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Maybe We’re Not All Going to Be Gig Economy Workers After All

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(Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/15/upshot/gig-economy-limits-labor-market-uber-california.html?fbclid=IwAR2-j0Uv4ji5WWOH7UglfVXeaWKNBDNagMvWeLDzL5WFrEfhejyDmusn6pU) Companies like Uber are hitting the turbulence of government regulation, worker resistance and labor market reality. Not too long ago, the “gig economy” looked as if it just might be the future of work in America. The rapid rise of digital platforms that let people earn money by driving passengers, delivering groceries, walking dogs or […]

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We’re All Killing Uber Just By Using It

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(Source: https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/zmjew8/were-all-killing-uber-just-by-using-it) Uber lost another $5.2 billion this quarter and continues to lose money. For now, we’re just getting subsidized rides from Silicon Valley investors. Uber just reported that in the past three months, it lost $5.2 billion (BILLION!!). As the business press spills black ink explaining away Uber’s red ink, this is a good […]

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Australia’s Transport Workers’ Union Demands Uber Ends Unfair Terms for Workers After ACCC Investigation on Restaurants

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July 17, 2019 (Source: https://www.twu.com.au/press/twu-demands-uber-ends-unfair-terms-for-workers-after-accc-investigation-on-restaurants/?fbclid=IwAR00iY-1s6HPC7sHExn4DYHMXNYTZv8trYLk8UhEVSDERys7lTv0jUn8iTY) The Transport Workers’ Union is calling for regulation on how Uber treats its workers, including how it makes food delivery riders responsible when customers complain, after the ACCC found a “significant imbalance” in its contracts with restaurants. The ACCC investigation has forced UberEats to stop making restaurants pay for customer refunds […]

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Police Still Investigating Last Year’s Uber Autonomous Vehicle Crash

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July 15th, 2019 by Jennifer Sensiba (Source: https://cleantechnica.com/2019/07/15/police-still-investigating-last-years-uber-autonomous-vehicle-crash/?fbclid=IwAR1jpokSTrtQgYRqPVKZ8BYkjKOJwWOOhKOG5jCyNPmue2jxMDjkJngMc4Y) The Washington Post reports that Tempe, Arizona’s police department is still investigating last year’s fatal accident in which an Uber autonomous test vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian pushing a bike. The investigation comes at the request of Maricopa County’s prosecutors, who want to know more about whether the accident was avoidable. Visualization of Uber test […]

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Uber will (finally) come to B.C. But the province took a wrong turn on several important issues

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EREZ ALONICONTRIBUTED TO THE GLOBE AND MAILPUBLISHED JULY 12, 2019 (Source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-uber-will-finally-come-to-bc-but-the-province-took-a-wrong-turn-on/?fbclid=IwAR0lzvIYL-r_OC4gs2flpfrz8tv3cIyniaa00-f7pNkVl6g-21j82Sf2CiU) Erez Aloni is an assistant professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, the University of British Columbia. British Columbians have long wished for a taxi alternative, and at long last, ride sharing will arrive in the province later this year. But, as […]

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Taxi medallion auction price hits new low

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(Source: https://www.crainsnewyork.com/transportation/taxi-medallion-auction-price-hits-new-low?fbclid=IwAR1-RQSKvQAlmc0alprW82TRgtk2VoETvzrhSVoLUEBHbFHLLTTGn9pazzk) New York’s troubled taxi medallion industry, which recently has been the subject of a New York Times investigation and a City Council hearing, continued its precipitous decline in value. An auction Thursday of 16 medallions at an East Elmhurst, Queens, hotel came to an early end, with just three sales and a top price of $138,000. Bidding for […]

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Change Is Inbound As U.S. State Preps To Classify Uber And Lyft Drivers As Employees

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Bryan Menegus Jul 11, 2019, 4:30pm (Source: https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/07/workers-rack-up-another-victory-as-california-preps-to-classify-uber-and-lyft-drivers-as-employees/?fbclid=IwAR0cCXG5myfswaj8xKtek2m6yqcnsCHtMgc7GSELDpFzTVQ2bEPuily30sw) Rideshare drivers in California turned out in droves in support of a U.S. state bill that would classify them as full employees. They walked away this afternoon with another victory in what is and is likely to continue to be a long and ugly fight – and […]