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“Lost”

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On August 24, 2019
Watching Uber and Lyft fall on their faces is hilarious. Everything about the fact that these companies are hemorrhaging money after all the hype says what you need to know both about contemporary capitalism and the ways we as a society think about these things. These companies were heralded as “revolutionary.” They were the ultimate […]

Unionize Uber

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On March 19, 2017

Great news out of Seattle: A judge in Washington State has rejected Uber’s attempt to overturn a Seattle ordinance that gives its drivers the right to unionize, potentially opening the door for high

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Toxic Workplace Cultures

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On March 4, 2017
Miya Tokumitsu has an excellent essay placing the extreme sexism of the Uber workplace culture in the broader context of the malignancy at the heart of so much white collar workplace culture. It’s not an isolated phenomena, to say the least. Fowler’s letter highlights how employers take advantage of their employees’ goodwill, using it as […]

The Uber Scabs

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On February 2, 2017

Sarah Jaffe notes that the #DeleteUber campaign is a good lesson to a new generation of the absolute evil of scabbing. These days (and in this economy), we’re more likely to hear justifications for

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Delete Uber

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On January 30, 2017
I’ve railed against Uber for a long time. As a company that seeks to profit off of not providing its employees any protection, basically exploiting independent contractor law to place all the burden on employment on its own drivers, it’s a model for work that we do not need, even as the traditional taxi companies […]
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Since we’ve been talking about SEIU’s now failed deal with Airbnb, this is also very interesting: Uber announced an agreement on Tuesday with a prominent union to create an association for drivers in New York that would establish a forum for regular dialogue and afford them some limited benefits and protections — but that would […]

Uber, An Employer

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On April 12, 2016

Uber and Lyft run their whole model on assuming their “employees” are independent contractors, meaning that the companies get to rake in the profit without assuming most of the risks and c

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