Uber CEO Promises Workers Scraps While Fighting Their Basic Rights
On Monday, Uber’s chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi wrote an op-ed in the New York Times defending the company’s core business model—misclassifying app-based workers as independent contractors—and calling for new laws to preserve it. Khosrowshahi’s statements in the NYT’s op-ed section, which has allowed the most powerful people in the country to breezily air their bad and dangerous ideas, come as Uber’s ride hailing business is cratering during the pandemic. At the same time, the company is attempting to fend off legislation and lawsuits in California and Massachusetts that would reclassify Uber’s drivers as employees, not independent contractors. Saying that employees have “less flexibility,” while admitting that independent contractors (Uber’s workforce) have “almost no safety net,” Khosrowshahi wrote that Uber is ready and willing pay into a fund for contractors’ benefits—but only if forced to by a new and hypothetical law that would also force other companies to do the same.