Uber Drivers Strike As Execs Make Millions Off IPO

By Negin Owliaei, Inequality.org -

With the ring of a bell, controversial former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick became a billionaire on Friday when the ridesharing company made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. But while Uber [...]

Outside Uber HQ, Drivers Demand A Cut Of The Riches

By Patrick Howell O'Neill, Gizmodo.com -

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Just days ahead of Silicon Valley’s most hyped mega-IPO, a group of a several hundred Uber drivers gathered in front of the company’s San Francisco headquarters and took [...]

The Uber IPO: Billions For Investors, Increased Exploitation For Workers

By Shannon Jones, WSWS.org -

The valuation of ride share company Uber hit $82.4 billion after an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of its stock on Thursday, one of the largest IPOs in the US since Facebook. The sale further [...]

Thousands Of Uber Drivers Are Striking In Los Angeles

By Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox.com  -

Uber and Lyft drivers in Los Angeles are refusing to pick up customers today — part of a one-day strike to protest Uber’s recent decision to slash pay rates for drivers in the area. Last week, [...]

McDonald’s, UberEats And Wetherspoon Workers Strike Over Pay

By Staff, Bbc.com -

UberEats riders and a small number of workers from JD Wetherspoon, McDonald's and TGI Fridays have been staging walkouts in a pay dispute. Protests were being held in several UK cities, along [...]

Meet The Militant Taxi Drivers Union That Just Defeated Uber And Lyft

By Chris Brooks, Inthesetimes.com -

On August 14, the scrappy but militant 21,000 member union representing taxi and for-hire vehicle drivers in New York City won a landmark legislative victory establishing the country’s first cap [...]

‘The Gig Economy’ Is The New Term For Serfdom

By Chris Hedges, Truthdig.com -

A 65-year-old New York City cab driver from Queens, Nicanor Ochisor, hanged himself in his garage March 16, saying in a note he left behind that the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft had made [...]

The Work Lives Of Uber Drivers: Worse Than You Think

By Katie Wells, Kafui Attoh, and Declan Cullen, www.workingclassstudies.wordpress.com -

By Katie Wells, Kafui Attoh, and Declan Cullen for Working Class Perspectives - To be an Uber driver is to work when you want. Or so Uber likes to say in recruitment materials, advertisements, [...]

Workers Strike Back From Boston To Chicago

By Fight for Fifteen, www.popularresistance.org -

By Fight for Fifteen. NATIONWIDE – Strikes by baggage handlers and cabin cleaners at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Uber drivers in two-dozen cities, hospital workers in Pittsburgh and [...]

Fight For $15 Plans National Strikes As Uber Drivers Join

By Nadia Prupis, www.commondreams.org -

By Nadia Prupis for Common Dreams - A nationwide day of action and disruption is set to take place on Tuesday, as workers from around the country and across industries are set to take part in [...]

Thousands Of Taxi Drivers In U.S. And U.K. Protest Uber

By Gwyn Topham and Staff, www.theguardian.com, www.6abc.com -

By Gwyn Topham for The Guardian and Staff of 6 ABC News - Taxi drivers brought central London to a standstill to highlight the threats to their trade from Uber and changing regulation. Organisers [...]

Anti-Uber Protests Around The World

By Staff, www.telegraph.co.uk -

Staff for the Telegraph - Taxi drivers from around the world have been protesting Uber which they see as unfair and unregulated competion. London's transport chiefs announced plans on [...]

The Co-op Alternative To Uber

By Mary Hansen, www.yesmagazine.org -

Gebremariam isn’t just complaining about it. Instead, he and 644 other drivers are on a mission to form a new taxi company that will be both worker-owned and unionized. The new co-op, Green Taxi, [...]

Cab Drivers Gridlock Europe In Protest At ‘Unregulated’ Taxi App

By Alexandra Topping, Ashifa Kassam, www.theguardian.com -

Several major European cities ground to a halt on Wednesday as licensed taxi drivers took to the streets in mass protests against the smartphone taxi app Uber. Demonstrations in London, Paris, [...]

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