Wednesday, June 16th, 2021~~~~>   Uber drivers being charged for giving rides?, Rideshare drivers calling for federal intervention, Lyft says wait times are decreasing but drivers are still slow coming back, Uber CEO (Dara K.) insists drivers are getting ‘higher cut of the fare hike’ (hmmmm?), why is the PRO  (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act included in the “infrastructure package” (again, hmmmm?).   See articles below:  
  • Another hiccup for Uber: Some drivers were being charged for giving rides:      When a Chicago-area Uber driver checked his account balance after dropping off a customer at the airport on a Sunday morning in late May, he discovered something he’d never seen before: He was charged $2.20 for giving a 13.5 mile ride…. [read full article]
  • UBER AND LYFT DRIVERS CALL FOR FEDERAL INTERVENTION IN THEIR GIG WORKER LABOR FIGHT:   It’s been more than a year since San Francisco Uber driver Lucas Chamberlain was knocked unconscious by a would-be customer who attacked him during an argument over whether or not the patron was old enough to ride solo.    “I woke up with blood coming down under my eye,” Chamberlain told CNN Business. “I was like, ‘Why are there rocks in my mouth?’ It was my broken teeth.”…. [read full article]
  • Lyft says wait times decrease as U.S. drivers mark gradual return:    Lyft Inc said on Wednesday the number of drivers on its U.S. ride-hail platform was gradually increasing, resulting in reduced wait times for customers and a modest decrease in surcharge pricing as travel rebounds from pandemic lows.   Lyft said active drivers on its platform had increased 10% since the beginning of May, adding that thousands of new drivers were activated over just the past two weeks…. [read full article]
  • Uber CEO insists drivers are getting ‘higher cut of the fare hike’ amid criticism over price increases:   Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi responded to criticism of the company’s recent price hikes.   Khosrowshahi confirmed that customers are likely paying more for Uber rides after months of complaints circulating about unusually high wait times for rides and a surge in cost, but insisted its drivers are getting a higher cut of the fare hike, he tweeted Friday…. [read full article]
  • Catchy slogans can’t improve the harmful effects at the heart of the PRO Act:   As movement on President Biden’s massive infrastructure package inches along, reports continue to focus on congressional negotiations and price tags. And while there is broad agreement that improving roads and infrastructure projects is a worthy goal, there remain critical provisions that would handcuff the American economy and destroy the ability of millions of workers to pursue the American Dream.   Chief among these is the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a bill included in Biden’s infrastructure plan that would make drastic changes to U.S. labor law and have a devastating impact on workers’ freedom and job opportunities.   The PRO Act has garnered substantial backing from the left, including many Big Labor union bosses. Yet there is an equally important force that disapproves of this legislation: independent contractors. This broad network includes freelance workers in various industries, construction, and some in the medical, financial and gig economy spaces…. [read full article]

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