Sick of GIG Greed #NOonProp22 #SickOfGigGreed
Sick of GIG Greed #NOonProp22 #SickofGigGreed

UBER AND LYFT MAKE US SICK

I’m a software engineer at Uber and I’m voting against Prop 22

Posted in: Cheating Workers

Techcrunch.com

Kurt NelsonContributorKurt Nelson is a mobile engineer at Uber  based in San Francisco. These are his personal views.

I’ve been a software engineer at Uber for two years, and I’ve also been a ride-hail driver. I regularly drove for Lyft  in college, and while my day job involves writing code for the Uber Android app, I still make deliveries for app-based companies on my bike to understand the state of the gig economy.

These experiences have made me realize a crucial factor in the gig economy: Uber works because it’s cheap and it’s quick. The instant gratification when we book a ride and a car shows up only minutes later gives us a sense of control. It’s the most convenient thing in the world to go to your friend’s house, the grocery store or the airport at the click of a button.

But it’s become clear to me that this is only possible because countless drivers are spending their personal time sitting in their cars, waiting to pick up a ride, completely unpaid. Workers are subsidizing the product with their free labor.

https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/06/im-a-software-engineer-at-uber-im-voting-against-prop-22/

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