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When $8.55 an hour is not $8.55 an hour

The Broken Calculator The Uber driver wage report issued by researchers from M.I.T. and Stanford University in February 2018 was recalculated March 5th and now reports that the median wage for Uber drivers in the U.S. is $8.55 an hour after average projected car expenses. Unfortunately, the authors of the report compare the earnings to minimum wages across the U.S. without accounting for the broader expenses and acute risks of using a personal car in

The Sad Labor Lesson Of Pooper

Two entrepreneurs discover the smelly side of the gig economy. In July of 2016 two witty marketing professionals created a slick website and a polished video announcing a new on-demand service called “Pooper.” The Pooper app would allow dog owners to use a smartphone to post a picture and location of their dog’s poop after it was deposited, and a gig-economy worker would come around and pick it up so they didn’t have to. Pooper

Uber’s Nifty Workers Comp Insurance Carrier: GoFundMe

Different Cities – Same Dilemmas Detroit Uber driver Modou Diagne, 41 was shot and killed by his drug dealing passenger on March 20, 2016 . He is survived by his pregnant wife Batal, like himself a Senegalese immigrant, and their three children, all under the age of 6.  “He was working all the time, no days off. Sometimes 19 hours a day” said his niece, Fatima Diop. Not only did his family lose its only source of income

Season Of The Switch

In his 2012 book, “Season Of The Witch” author David Talbot chronicles the decline of San Francisco’s flower children scene of the 60’s into hard drugs, violence and crime. Within a few short years, a counter-culture revolution that promoted egalitarian values, shared assets and experimentation became a caricature of itself and then turned ugly. Fifty years later another revolution in was born in San Francisco with similar optimistic values of sharing and common purpose. This modern revolution

Where Is The Cesar Chavez Of The Rideshare World?

ARBITRATION AGREEMENT + CLASS ACTION WAIVER + INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR STATUS + IMMIGRANT WORKFORCE = THE PERFECT STORM OF EMPLOYEE EXPLOITATION Philip Macafee   In the spring of 2016, the rideshare company Lyft got an important court victory in a California lawsuit. It agreed to settle a class action lawsuit over the misclassification of its drivers as independent contractors for $26 million. The agreement importantly avoids the reclassification of the drivers as employees. The attorney representing

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