Uber/Lyft Promising to Improve Quality of Work in California (we've heard that before)!

Austin Bob

Dec 15, 2018
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San Antonio
Uber and Lyft are getting desperate in California. California legislators are dangerously close to passing a law mandating that drivers be made full employees - rather than independent contractors. Nothing scares Uber and Lyft more than that. And now they're making desperate promises to stave the legislators off. They're promising to set a base pay (presumably something above minimum wage). They're promising to offer "flexible" benefits - but what does that mean... flexible benefits?

I'll just say this, both of these companies are two of the most immoral companies I've ever seen. They haven't shown themselves to possess even an ounce of integrity. You can't believe a word they say. But you can take everything they say, flip it around 180 degrees and come much closer to the truth. So if they say they're going to offer a base pay - flip that around and you get that drivers will make even less under this new plan! They say they're going to offer "flexible benefits" flip that around and drivers will get even fewer benefits (like no more boosts or surges). Every single time these companies lower rates they tell drivers they're going to make more. And every single time - drivers make less.

So, I would say to the lawmakers of California - don't believe a word they say and don't trust a single promise they make. Whatever you think they're saying - they're saying the opposite.


Uber and Lyft are joining forces to fight legislation that would turn their California drivers and other gig workers into employees.

The rivals are poised to campaign for an alternative to AB5, which passed the Assembly 51-11 last month and soon will go to the Senate. AB5 codifies and clarifies a California Supreme Court decision called Dynamex that toughens standards for companies to claim workers are not employees.

The companies say they’re willing to make significant changes for their tens of thousands of California drivers — including a guaranteed base wage, flexible benefits and a new drivers’ association — in exchange for legislation that keeps those drivers as independent contractors.

“Today, in California, we have an opportunity to work closely with legislators and labor groups to find a different solution that preserves drivers’ ability to work independently if they choose to do so, while improving the quality and security of this type of work,” wrote Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Lyft CEO Logan Green and Lyft President John Zimmer in an opinion piece published on The Chronicle’s website Wednesday.

But some lawmakers and labor leaders say any plans that don’t turn drivers into employees fall woefully short.

“Without employee status, (ride-hailing) drivers lack even the most basic protections that all workers deserve like workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance,” said Steve Smith, a spokesman for the California Labor Federation.

Uber and Lyft plan to marshal their drivers for protests and testimony in Sacramento, as well as petitions and letters to lawmakers. The companies similarly organized hundreds of drivers to rally at the state Capitol in 2014 and 2015 to successfully fight bills mandating fingerprinting for drivers and stricter insurance requirements.