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Uber and Lyft are desperate for drivers. Here's what drivers say is keeping them off the road

AP Photo/Matt Rourke Uber and Lyft riders are starting to return to the apps, but drivers have been more reluctant. The shortage is forcing the companies to charge riders more - and bribe drivers to come back. More than 20 drivers told Insider why they're staying away and what could get them to log on again. See more stories on Insider's business page. When the pandemic hit, Uber and Lyft drivers fled the platforms en masse.More than a year later, rideshare demand is finally picki...
Tags: Tech Insider, Transportation, Uber, Lyft, Rideshare, Pandemic, Labor, Labor Conditions, Gig economy, Gig Workers, Prop 22, Proposition 22, AB-5, Working Conditions


An Uber shareholder is demanding more transparency about the impact of the company's lobbying efforts

Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters The Teamsters General Fund, an Uber investor, wants the company to reveal more about its lobbying. The fund urged Uber shareholders to vote for its proposal requiring an annual report from Uber. It said Uber's "highly innovative" but "controversial" lobbying could hurt its brand and business. See more stories on Insider's business page. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters General Fund, an investor in Uber, sent a letter to other Uber shareholders T...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Politics, News, California, Finance, Trends, Markets, Lobbying, Hall, Gig Economy, Uber and Lyft, Dara Khosrowshahi, Ken Hall, Tech Insider, Teamsters Union


Uber is spending $250 million to persuade drivers to get back on the road so it can pay them less again

Rideshare driver Teresa Mercado raises her fist in support as app based gig workers held a driving demonstration with 60-70 vehicles blocking Spring Street in front of Los Angeles City Hall urging voters to vote no on Proposition 22 on Oct. 8, 2020. Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images Uber is spending $250 million to get drivers back on the road amid a pandemic shortage. But Uber said it's a "temporary situation" and that pay will decline again as the pandemic subsides. Uber's b...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Labor, US, Trends, Canada, Rideshare, Gig Economy, Phoenix, Los Angeles City Hall, Pandemic, Cinelli, Tech Insider, Gig workers, Dennis Cinelli, Teresa Mercado


Uber entices drivers back post-pandemic with $250 million stimulus

Despite the classification of ride-hail drivers as “essential workers” during the early days of the pandemic, last April  Uber’s business dropped by 80%. Drivers decided they’d rather not risk contracting or spreading COVID-19 for the measly revenue provided by the few rides per day they were getting, so when the federal CARES Act extended the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to gig workers, many Uber drivers decided to hang up their keys.  With more than a quarter of the U.S. population a...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Tech, Austin, Automotive, Rideshare, On-demand, Gig Economy, Ride Hailing, Phoenix, Uber Drivers, Gig workers, Philadelphia Austin Chicago Miami


Uber gave drivers more control to prove they're independent. Now the company is taking back control because drivers actually used it.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Riccardo Savi/Getty Images Uber is revoking California drivers' ability to set prices and see trip destinations in advance, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Uber gave drivers more control in 2020 to avoid reclassifying drivers as employees under AB-5. But it reversed course after Prop 22 exempted it from AB-5, saying drivers turned down too many rides. See more stories on Insider's business page. In late 2019, California lawmakers passed AB-5, hopin...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Labor, California, Trends, Barclays, Rideshare, Transporation, Gig Economy, Working Conditions, Campbell, San Francisco Chronicle, AB, Chronicle, Ride-hailing


Uber ordered to pay $1.1 million to blind passenger who was denied rides 14 separate times

A blind passenger gets into an Uber in Denver, Colorado (Lisa Irving not pictured). RJ Sangosti/Getty Images Uber must for illegally denying her rides, an arbitrator ruled Thursday. Uber drivers denied Lisa Irving rides 14 times because of her blindness and guide dog, Bernie. Uber unsuccessfully argued it wasn't responsible because its drivers are contractors. See more stories on Insider's business page. An independent arbitrator on Thursday to a blind passenger for illegally d...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, UK, Trends, Lawsuits, Rideshare, Ada, Americans with Disabilities Act, Deliveroo, Gig Economy, Irving, San Francisco Bay Area, Bernie, Denver Colorado, Settlements


Court rules Uber and Lyft must face worker-misclassification lawsuit from Massachusetts' attorney general

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press A Massachusetts court ruled Uber and Lyft must face a lawsuit accusing them of misclassifying drivers. After state AG Maura Healey brought the lawsuit last year, the companies moved for dismissal. Uber and Lyft are increasingly facing legal challenges for classifying workers as contractors. See more stories on Insider's business page. A Massachusetts state court on Thursday rejected requests by Uber and Lyft to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the companies o...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, UK, California, Washington Post, Attorney General, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Biden, Instacart, Gig Economy, Gene J Puskar, Maura Healey, Uber and Lyft


A Pennsylvania prosecutor making $60 per hour got demoted because of his DoorDash side gig - where drivers make $17 per hour

Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images A Pennsylvania prosecutor was demoted for delivering food for DoorDash during his work hours. His boss called it "indefensible, thoughtless, selfish, and so stupid." The prosecutor, Gregg Shore, told KYW Radio that his reasons for working for DoorDash were personal. See more stories on Insider's business page. District attorneys typically serve citizens by building legal cases against people accused of crimes, but one prosecutor in Bucks County, Pennsylvan...
Tags: Politics, Law, Trends, Pennsylvania, The New York Times, Food Delivery, Shore, Gig Economy, Doordash, Bucks County, Tony Xu, Matt Weintraub, Weintraub, Tech Insider, Bucks County Pennsylvania, Gig workers


Amazon will pay contract delivery drivers $8.2 million to settle a wage-theft lawsuit

Sean Gallup/Getty Images Amazon has agreed to pay $8.2 million to settle a wage-theft lawsuit, Vice News reported Friday. Contract delivery drivers alleged Amazon was to blame for drivers not receiving legally required breaks and overtime. Amazon has faced similar legal challenges in California and other states. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon agreed last month to pay some of its contract delivery drivers in Washington state $8.2 million to settle a class-action wa...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, California, Washington, Trends, Amazon Prime, Retail, Lawsuits, DSP, Gig Economy, Working Conditions, Ortiz, Amazon Flex, Tech Insider, Delivery Services, Contract Employees


Is independent contractor status for real estate agents coming to an end?

If passed, the PRO Act would make the “ABC” test for independent contractor status the law of the land and would classify most real estate professionals and almost all other gig workers as employees.
Tags: Labor, Opinion, Service, Radio, Agent, Employment law, Independent Contractor, IC, Select, Abc Test, Gig workers, Bernice Ross


Lyft could pay about $3,000 for failing to disclose that it paid for some ads in its $48 million Prop 22 campaign

Latasha Houston, a Lyft driver of three years, attends a demonstration urging voters to vote no on Prop 22 in Los Angeles on Oct. 8, 2020. Al Seib/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images Lyft could pay $3,371 for not noting it paid for some Prop 22 ads. Lyft spent $48 million campaigning for Prop 22, which would allow it to pay drivers as contractors. California voters approved the legislation in the November election. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Lyft is being threatened...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, News, California, Los Angeles, Trends, Gig Economy, Fair Political Practices Commission, FPPC, Tech Insider, Assembly Bill, Gig workers, Katie Canales, Ab5, Uber Lyft Instacart DoorDash


How does Instacart work? What to know about the grocery delivery service powered by freelancers

When you order groceries on Instacart, gig workers shop for and deliver your order. Denver Post Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon Instacart is an app-based grocery delivery service that works much like Uber Eats or Postmates. You can order groceries from over 300 stores nationwide, and freelance delivery drivers will bring them to you. Frequent users can sign up for an annual Instacart Express membership, which can save money on delivery fees. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories...
Tags: Google, Trends, Instacart, Grocery Delivery, Gig Economy, The Boston Globe, Instacart Express, Tech Insider, Delivery Services, Gig workers, Instacart Instacart, Grocery Apps, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To


How to become a DoorDash driver and deliver online food orders in your city

Becoming a DoorDash delivery driver is easier than you might think. DoorDash You can become a DoorDash driver — or a "Dasher" — by completing an online form. To become a Doordash driver, you need to be 18 years old and have a driver's license, auto insurance, and access to a car. To complete the DoorDash driver application, you'll also need to submit to a background check and complete an orientation. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. DoorDash is one of sever...
Tags: Trends, United States, Food Delivery, Gig Economy, Doordash, Uber Lyft, Dave Johnson, Tech Insider, Food Delivery Apps, Gig workers, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference, Software & Apps (Reference, Tech How To, DoorDash delivery


Gig Workers in California Petition Supreme Court to Overturn Prop 22

The fight to bring full employment protections to gig workers in California seemed all but doomed by November’s passage of Proposition 22—a historically expensive ballot measure funded by Uber, Lyft, and others, which rolled back hard-won rights for app workers in the state. Today, workers revealed they had one last H…Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, Labor, California, SEIU, Uber Lyft, Gig workers, Ab5, Prop 22, Gig Workers in California Petition Supreme Court


An even bigger battle for gig worker rights is on the horizon

When California voters passed Proposition 22 with 58.6% of the vote, they agreed with Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart and Postmates that gig workers should not be employees who are entitled to myriad labor rights. The proposition they passed stated that gig workers should be independent contractors who receive the limited benefits proposed by those companies. “The first feeling I had was shock, disbelief and hurt,” Vanessa Bain, a worker-organizer with Gig Workers Collective, told TechCrunch. “I...
Tags: TC, Lyft, Labor, Abc, California, Tech, Postmates, Bain, Gig Economy, Ride Hailing, Murphy, Oakland California, AB, Josh Edelson, Assembly Bill, Gig workers


App-based gig workers seek clarity on how social security schemes will be funded

The draft rules on how gig workers and platform workers will be given benefits under the Code on Social Security, 2020 need to clarify how welfare schemes prescribed in the Code will be funded, the Indian Federation of App Based Transport Workers recommended in a . The organisation, which represents over 35,000 workers, also said that the government needs to clearly define the conditions and criteria before exempting an aggregator or a class of aggregators from contributing funds to social secu...
Tags: Travel, News, Labour, Social Security, Gig Economy, Central Government, EPF, Labour Ministry, Union Labour Ministry, IFAT, Employees State Insurance Corporation, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Gig workers, Social Security Board, Labour rights, Code on Social Security


An investor group says DoorDash's past tipping problems and dual-class stock structure make it 'unready for public markets'

A Doordash delivery person rides their bike on Church Avenue in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn on December 04, 2020 in New York City. Food delivery startup DoorDash Inc is expected to raise its U.S. initial public offering up to $3.14 billion. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images DoorDash is going public Wednesday in an offering that could value it at $32 billion.  Ahead of the IPO, a large group of union-sponsored investors is warning other investors that the company isn't prepared. Sp...
Tags: News, Ipo, Groupon, Trends, Markets, Brooklyn, Doordash, DoorDash Inc, Tony Xu, Flatbush, Church Avenue, CTW, Tech Insider, CtW Investment Group, Graham Rapier, Gig workers


YC-backed Heru raises $1.7M to build software services for Latin American gig workers

Given the attention that TechCrunch pays to Y Combinator’s Demo Days, we also try to keep tabs on the same startups as they scale and raise more capital. Yesterday we covered YC Winter 2020 participant BuildBuddy, for example. Today we’re taking a look at Heru, a startup based in Mexico City that is announcing a $1.7 million raise after taking part in YC’s Summer 2019 session. The pre-seed round was led by Mountain Nazca, and participated in by Magma Partners, Xtraordinary Venture Partners, Flou...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Mexico, Tech, Colombia, Mexico City, TechCrunch, Yc, Oyo, Heru, Gig workers, Recent Funding, Mateo Jaramillo, Buildbuddy, Mountain Nazca


How The Gig Talent Economy Can Help Your Organization Post Covid-19

by Hema Crockett and Jamie Jacobs, co-founders of Gig Talent and authors of “Designing Exceptional Organizational Cultures: How to Develop Companies where Employees Thrive“ We’re seeing it happen day by day. What we originally thought was going to be a few weeks of time away from the office, has now turned into several months of adjustments. Many organizations are 100% remote and appear to be so for the foreseeable future. In addition, employees have had to learn how to navigate a new and unfam...
Tags: Startups, Hiring, Gig Economy, Upwork, Forbes, Jamie, Hema, Thinking Aloud, Gig workers, Talent sourcing, Hema Crockett, Jamie Jacobs


DoorDash is paying $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the food delivery company of stealing drivers' tips

A delivery person for Doordash rides his bike in the rain during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 13, 2020. Carlo Allegri/Reuters DoorDash is paying $2.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed in 2019 that accused the company of using a "deceptive" tipping model. The lawsuit alleged that DoorDash used millions of dollars in tips and applied it towards drivers' base pay and the guaranteed minimum pay for orders, inste...
Tags: News, Labor, California, Trends, Washington Dc, Retail, Manhattan, Fidelity, Food Delivery, Dc, Instacart, Costco, Gig Economy, Business Insider, Doordash, District


Joe Biden said he wants to make gig-workers full-time employees — but one of his top advisers previously helped Uber and Lyft avoid such a change in California

Nominated National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan participates as US President-elect Joe Biden speaks during a cabinet announcement event in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 24, 2020. - US President-elect Joe Biden introduced November 24, 2020 a seasoned national security team he said was prepared to resume US leadership of the world after the departure of President Donald Trump. "It's a team that will keep our country and our people safe and secure," Biden said, introducing his picks for...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Politics, News, Congress, California, Washington, US, America, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, New York Times, Department Of Justice, Biden


Inside healthcare's gig economy

Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Hello,Today in healthcare news: An inside look at Papa, a startup that's tapping into the growing gig economy in healthcare,  the limitations of what vaccine results can tell us about transmission, and a new approach to taking on the massive middlemen in the pharmacy industry.  Courtesy of Papa; Yuqing Liu/Business Insider Investors are betting big that Papa can succeed by applying Uber's gig-work strategy to home care. We spoke to 9 'grandkids on d...
Tags: Trends, Healthcare, Miami, Oxford University, Nih, Gig Economy, Papa, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Reuters AstraZeneca, Zaks, Moderna, Axios, Gig workers, Megan Hernbroth, Joe Murad, Tal Zaks


Uber and Lyft Awarded $810 Million Federal Contract

After waging a nefarious and ultimately successful campaign to avoid paying gig workers in California a living wage at all costs, Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc have been rewarded with an $810 million government contract.Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, California, Government, Ridesharing, Uber Technologies Inc, Ground Transportation, Lyft Inc, Uber for Business, Gig workers


I'm a DoorDash delivery driver who makes anywhere from $200 to $800 a week. Here's what I wish I knew before signing up to drive for the company.

Mike Hayes is a delivery driver for DoorDash in the Portland, Oregon area. Mike Hayes Mike Hayes, 35, is a DoorDash delivery driver in Oregon. A chef for 17 years, he lost his job during the coronavirus pandemic and began doing deliveries two months ago to make ends meet for his family of four.  During busier times, he can make up to $800 working about 45 hours a week; a slower week means more like $200 to $300. While he likes the flexible schedule, he wishes DoorDash would do more to supp...
Tags: Work, Facebook, Youtube, Oregon, Careers, Trends, Portland, Reddit, Retail, Food Delivery, Portland Oregon, Independent Contractors, Doordash, Nordic, Christie, Hillsboro


Labour Ministry invites consultation on rules for social security benefits for gig, platform workers

The government on how gig workers and platform workers will be given benefits under the Code on Social Security, 2020, which was passed in September. The draft rules lay out the formation of a National Social Security Board for Gig Workers and Platform Workers and solidifies the mandatory registration with Aadhaar which it has briefly indicated in the law. The ministry said it has already “initiated action” for a website for Aadhaar-based registration of workers.  The Code on Social Security...
Tags: Travel, News, CSR, Labour, Social Security, New Delhi, Gig Economy, Board, Labour Ministry, Aadhaar, Union Labour Ministry, Social Security Fund, Employees State Insurance Corporation, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Gig workers, Labour rights


DoorDash lists Prop 22 as a risk factor for its IPO, warning that other states may decide to adopt California's controversial legislation

Rideshare driver Jesus Ibarra stands on his car in support as gig workers held a driving demonstration urging voters to vote no on Proposition 22. Al Seib / Los Angeles Times DoorDash is warning that Proposition 22 could be a risk factor for its upcoming IPO.  The ballot measure, which passed in California earlier this month, exempts DoorDash and other app-based companies from classifying their drivers as employees. The companies involved poured more than $200 million into getting the init...
Tags: California, Ipo, Trends, Instacart, Doordash, Tech Insider, Avery Hartmans, Assembly Bill, Gig workers, Delivery Drivers, Al Seib Los Angeles Times, Uber Lyft Instacart DoorDash, Prop 22, AB-5, Jesus Ibarra


Uber drivers in California will continue being ‘independent contractors’: Reports

In a potentially significant development, voters in California, US have voted to allow app-based taxi drivers working with companies like Uber and Lyft to treat their drivers as independent contractors, and not as employees, as per a projection by CNN, and other American publications. What is Prop. 22? Proposition 22 was a ballot measure — a proposed legislation that people can vote on — that will allow “gig-economy” companies to sidestep a Californian legislation AB5, under which these companie...
Tags: Travel, Lyft, Uber, News, California, India, US, America, San Francisco, Cnn, New York Times, Social Security, Silicon Valley, Instacart, Ola, Gig Economy


Uber and Lyft's Dogshit Ballot Measure Passed

Great: pop the champagne for Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who won his exorbitantly expensive battle to avoid paying gig workers fairly at all costs.Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, Instacart, Doordash, Dara Khosrowshahi, Gig workers, Prop 22


Gig workers have a lot more to gain under a Joe Biden presidency, like unemployment benefits and paid time off

Joe Biden's has publicly opposed California's Prop. 22. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images Joe Biden's plan to provide unemployment benefits and paid time off to gig workers goes well beyond those that Prop. 22, if passed, will create.  The candidate has opposed the California ballot measure, accusing firms like Uber of "trying to gut the law and exempt their workers."  Instead, Biden hopes to use AB5 — the state law Prop. 22 would replace — as a national model for employer ve...
Tags: Transportation, Uber, Politics, Congress, California, Trends, Joe Biden, Biden, Election 2020, Tech Insider, Graham Rapier, Gig workers, Ab5, Uber Lyft DoorDash, Prop 22, Business News Desk


CA appeals court upholds ruling that Uber and Lyft must classify drivers as employees

Uber and Lyft must classify their drivers as employees, an appellate court ruled yesterday evening. However, the decision will be stayed for 30 days after the court issues the remittitur, which has not happened yet. That means depending on how ballot measure Proposition 22 goes, this case may not end up being the deciding factor in how Lyft and Uber classify their drivers in California. Throughout the case, Uber and Lyft have argued that reclassifying their drivers as employees would cause...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Labor, California, San Francisco, Tech, AB, Los Angeles San Diego, Xavier Becerra, Schulman, California Superior Court, Julie Wood, Gig workers, AB 5