Monday, August 22, 2016

Uber drivers are 21st century sharecropers or slaves?


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Uber’s car leasing program turns its drivers into modern-day sharecroppers

Behind the shiny veneer of Uber’s venture capital–backed technological innovation lies a time-tested business model: labor exploitation. Uber’s latest scheme is a new spin on the age-old practice of sharecropping. Struggling to find enough drivers willing to put miles on their own cars, Uber recently began offering subprime auto loans to would-be drivers, conveniently extracting payments directly from their paychecks, or (because Uber insists its drivers aren’t its employees) their “Uber earnings.” Since last July, Uber and its wholly owned subsidiary, Xchange Leasing, have partnered with auto dealerships, advertised to drivers, and even repossessed cars from drivers who lag in their payments.

Uber isn’t the only company to resurrect sharecropping in modern industries. Lyft is working with investor General Motors to rent cars to its drivers. Until 2008, FedEx purchased custom-made trucks and sold or leased them to potential drivers. Janitorial companies have gotten into legal hot water for requiring their cleaners to buy franchises and charging them additional fees for clients.

These are just a few of the companies that insist their low-wage workers are independent business people. Here’s the rub: independent business people make capital investments in their businesses. But these workers lack the heavy capital needed to start a business and can’t afford to pay upfront. So the company conveniently arranges for them to buy or lease equipment, often through an exploitative deal. These ......


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9 comments:

  1. Uber in my opinion is a criminal enterprise and should be treated as such.

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    1. I couldn't agree more and I think Kalanick should be charged retroactively with racketeering for enticing unaware public/drivers to get involved in illegal activities like insurance fraud, violation of transportation laws in countless jurisdictions, violation of labor laws, etc
      this fuk belongs to federal prison system. period

      former xuber driver stuck with $500 monthly car payments + $140 car insurance which I can hardly afford

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    2. B.H.
      Your are so right Uber and his CEO Kalanick are criminal

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  2. you stupid cab drivers don't get it, you can not win against big corporations and Wall Street.
    they will twist the laws, buy politicians, pay lawyers to achieve what they want.
    Look at Amazon, for how long they avoided to pay state sales taxes ?
    Look at big oil, they installed Bush as a president to destabilize major oil producing region by starting a stupid war and rising gas prices to $4 a gallon
    do need more examples?
    start to think
    AGAIN, YOU CAN NOT WIN WITH BIG CORPORATIONS AND WHOEVER WORKS FOR THEM IS A SLAVE, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE NOT PROTECTED BY US LABOR LAWS.

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  3. Cab drivers are not stupid.
    It is enough honour for them to keep fighting back against this nasty criminal octopus.
    Please stop trying to frightening them with the story of big corporations, it will not work :)

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  4. IMO, At this stage, the only way to fight uber is to write down license plates of uber drivers and report them to insurance companies or publish these numbers with make of the car on internet as a known insurance frauds who provide transportation services on regular car insurance.

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  5. LMAO, its 4:30 am on Sunday morning and there about 40 uber cars in the area which gets about 5 calls an hour.
    uber drivers must be desperate to pay those leases....

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  6. Search for "taxi near me" in St Petersburg, FL and call Discount Taxi

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  7. Where can I buy uber / lyft / rideshare insurance in Tampa Bay and how much it costs?
    thx

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