Gig workers sound off on the Uber-Postmates deal: ‘It’s like an embezzler buying a bank’
As investors cheered on Uber’s agreement to buy Postmates for $2.65 billion on Monday, another crowd reacted differently: the gig workers who underpin the ride-hailing and food-delivery business. Edan Alva, a driver who opted for Lyft over Uber during the latter’s years of scandal, called the deal “unethical” and “immoral” because, he said, it will amplify Uber’s ability to suppress worker pay. Drivers and food couriers receive a share of the ride and meal-order fees charged by the app-based companies, which also take a hefty cut.
Uber, Lyft and DoorDash bring their battle against AB5 to November ballot
Edan Alva has driven for Lyft since 2014, but when he lost his full-time job in San Jose two years ago, he turned to the platform as his primary source of income. He quickly found living in the Bay Area on the money he earned was “pretty much impossible” once he subtracted the high costs of car repairs for flat tires or a cracked windshield, sick time and gas money from his revenues.
App-Based Giants Muscle Their Way Onto California Ballot; Threaten Worker Rights
Lyft, Uber, and DoorDash have gotten an initiative on the November state ballot that would redefine their taxi drivers and delivery workers as independent contractors instead of employees, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced July 1.
California PUC rules that Uber, Lyft drivers are employees
Sacramento Business Journal
The California Public Utilities Commission in an order announced this week ruled that ride-hailing drivers with Uber and Lyft are employees under last year’s Assembly Bill 5, which categorized many independent contractors in California as employees.
Uber Lyft Drivers Stage Protest Against Anti AB5
Industry Leaders Magazine
Uber and Lyft drivers staged a caravan protest surrounding Uber’s San Francisco headquarters, demanding that the ridesharing company not classify them as contract workers and comply with the AB-5 law that protects gig workers’ rights.