gig economy

Uber Software Engineer Explains Why He Doesn’t Support Company’s Push for California Gig Economy

In a recent article, Uber software engineer Kurt Nelson explained why he would be voting against California Prop 22 despite being employed by the company pushing it. Prop 22 seeks to classify gig economy drivers as independent contractors, a cause Uber has spent many millions of dollars supporting. It would in effect reverse the recently passed AB 5 law that forces gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft to classify their drivers as employees instead of contractors.

Uber can continue operating in London until its appeal is heard in May or June

Walmart Rolls Out 2-Hour Grocery Delivery Service

Retail giant Walmart is reportedly testing a new ‘express’ grocery delivery service promising two-hour deliveries as record usage of third-party delivery services during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic has led to delayed orders, fewer open delivery windows, and more stress for customers not willing to visit brick and mortar shops. The service will be rolled out to nearly 2,000 stores in May.

A shopper walks down an aisle in a newly opened Walmart Neighborhood Market in Chicago September 21, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young

Bokhari: The Booming ‘Gig Economy’ Is a Plutocrat’s Paradise

In days past, if you were risking your life for low pay, that likely meant you were a soldier. The upside: survival skills, high status, a free college degree, and good benefits. These days, though, you can risk your life for low pay and get none of those benefits, as a member of the pandemic “Gig Economy.”

Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta

Report: Customers Lure Instacart Shoppers with Big Tips – then Stiff Them

Some Americans have been exploiting a loophole within the Instacart grocery delivery service app that allows them to lure delivery people in with promises of a large tip only to then cancel the tip shortly after their order has been delivered. One delivery person told reporters that a $55 tip was changed to $0 shortly after she delivered a large grocery order.

Grocery delivery service Instacart to add 300,000 'shoppers'

Meal Delivery Companies Hurt, Not Helped by Coronavirus

In a surprising turn of events, it seems that online meal delivery services are having a hard time dealing with the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. Analysts at Deutsche Bank commented, “Whilst the COVID-19 outbreak could intuitively be seen as beneficial to online food delivery players, with millions of people under lockdown, we conclude that this is not the case.”

Instacart, Amazon workers plan job actions over safety

Uber, Postmates Sue California to Stop Gig Worker Law

Ride-sharing giant Uber and courier service Postmates have filed a lawsuit aimed at putting the brakes on California’s new law that will reclassify gig workers as employees, potentially burdening tech companies with millions of dollars in new personnel costs.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, seen at a New York conference last month, said the ride-hailing service would no longer require arbitration in cases of allegations of sex abuse, allowing victims to speak openly and pursue claims in court

Uber, Lyft Unveil Ballot Measure to Fight California Gig Workers Law

Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash have unveiled a new ballot measure intended to fight the recently passed California law that will re-classify gig economy workers as employees, potentially devastating their business models which rely on armies of drivers who are treated as contract workers.

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Uber to Defy California Law that Could Classify Drivers as Employees

Uber struck a defiant note Wednesday, saying that it won’t reclassify drivers as employees despite a California law expected to take effect in January that would dramatically change the status of gig workers in the state. According to the company, drivers fall “outside the usual course of Uber’s business.”

Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi, pictured in 2016