#5: 1,000 Protesting Uber Drivers Brought NYC Traffic to a Standstill

To protest of changes being rolled out by Uber and Lyft, more than a thousand Uber and Lyft drivers led a caravan that brought rush hour traffic in New York City to a virtual standstill. The direct action was carried out by workers with the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG), a labor group for app-based drivers, and stretched across the Brooklyn Bridge, from FDR Drive to Gracie Mansion… [read full article]

#4: California Passes Landmark Bill AB5 to Remake Gig Economy

California legislators approved a landmark bill on Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees, a move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fuel to a yearslong debate over whether the nature of work has become too insecure… [read full article]

#3: Uber and Lyft: Safety of minors is not their concern

Over the past few years, drivers have seen a huge increase in the amount of underage riders calling for an Uber or Lyft. In many ways it seems luck has been on these companies side when it comes to incidents involving riders under the age of 18. We’ve all heard the weekly news of riders and drivers alike being threatened, raped, or even killed. What we do not hear about is the amount of riders under the age of 18 who use these services, and the number of drivers that take them. If there is a safety concern for adults, why is it not being considered a major concern… [read full article]

#2: The Devil Is in the Details of Exemptions Under AB 5

The purpose of AB 5 is to change the state’s laws about who’s considered an independent contractor, and who’s considered an employee. However, the legislation is flawed and includes numerous exemptions that exclude certain professions from its requirements — in other words, it doesn’t apply equally to all who were previously considered independent contractors… [read full article]

#1: Uber To Block Drivers From Taking Riders When Business Is Slow

Uber will soon join Lyft in blocking New York City drivers from working when demand for rides is low as the tech giants grapple with minimum-pay rules. Starting Tuesday, Uber will lock drivers out of its platform at times and locations that few riders are requesting trips, according the company, which emailed its Big Apple drivers about the change Friday afternoon… [read full article]