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AILSA CHANG, HOST:
Uber drivers were in the houses of the company, the major investors today, but they were not the pick-up of passengers. The drivers were there to protest the ride-hailing company has a few people very rich, while some of the riders wage.
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UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER: (Singing) Uber, Uber, you’re not good.
UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTERS: (Singing) you will Pay your driver as you should.
CHANG: NPR tech correspondent Shannon Bond was there, and she joins us now. Hey, Shannon.
SHANNON-BOND-AUTHOR: Hey, Ailsa.
CHANG: So how was it there today?
BOND: Well, drivers have been protesting Uber-investors. It’s a few dozen in a Google office in San Francisco, which were made up, where I split with you. Google has an investment arm, was an early supporter of Uber. They were also in the house of Bill Gurley, a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley, and in one of the Uber-co-founder-mansions in Beverly Hills.
CHANG: Oh, they were all over the place.
BOND: All over the place. And what you say is you want to mark these protests, this large gap that you see between those investors who have already reaped huge profits from Uber, and the driver, they actually make up About the work force. And many of them have the feeling that you have left behind, as the company became bigger and bigger.
I spoke with Jeff Perry. He was driving for Uber and rival Lyft since almost four years. And he drove down from Sacramento to San Francisco with a homemade shield.
JEFF PERRY: Yes, it is said, is not the value of stolen is equal to value. And this is very true. What you have done, you know is you stole my value, and they stole millions of other Uber driver ” value of underpaying us, we will.
CHANG: you have stolen my value. What is the heart, the feeling? is
BOND: Well, he says there’s a big gap between what he earns, and the money the make on the early investors. And today is the first day of the beginning of Uber-investors and employees to sell their stock in the company since – since it went public in may. is These early investors are expected to do really well. They got into the Uber at a really cheap price, and now they are withdraw able to.
And Perry, this is unfair ” result for the driver, as you have seen him, go to your income down. He says that when he started to drive, he was about $1,500 per week. But now…
PERRY: Now, there is no way – I mean, I can’t drive, enough to actually be that number.
BOND: He says that’s because Uber reduce the rates of pay-drivers. His expenses have increased. And there are only so many drivers on the road now. And that could be good for Uber, but it made things really hard for the individual driver.
CHANG: So, what are the drivers, which questions specifically?
BOND: you say you want a better treatment from Uber and the other gig economy. You say, look; you know, we are the ones who make your business possible and you should treat us as employees. And remember, until now, Uber and some of these other companies hold their drivers, independent contractors.
the BOND That is going to cost you – it will cost you a lot less, right? You don’t have to pay for benefits, such as overtime or workers comp, or a guaranteed minimum wage. And the drivers are protesting about this, and it worked. California passed a law that could force it to treat this company of workers as employees. Drivers say that the law was a really great first step, but now you are up to your next fight, which is turning these promises into reality.
CHANG: okay. So, how About all of this has been responding so far?
BOND: they have pushed back really strongly in the idea that this law will be applied to them and means that you have to treat their drivers as employees. You said it will challenge in court. And you know, these companies are also on the fight for voters here in California. Uber and Lyft, and a food-delivery app called DoorDash, the funding of a ballot initiative. You will spend $90 million on that ballot initiative, the drivers of benefits, but relieves the company of the new labour law. It was revealed that just last week.
The drivers are not really unhappy about it. But the company go back to fight hard, because ultimately, it is you much more would it cost to count if you had to, these drivers as employees. And remember, both Uber and Lyft are still losing a lot of money.
CHANG: That’s NPR’s Shannon Bond. Thank You, Shannon.
BOND: Thank you, Ailsa.
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