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Uber and Lyft’s California Proposal Is a Mishmash of Old Ideas - 17 septembre 2020
The past is our best guide for understanding the future of ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft are at war with the state of California after a judge ruled last month that ride-hailing companies, like other businesses, should be subject to a new law that classifies their workers as employees rather than independent (...)

California Bill Makes App-Based Companies Treat Workers as Employees - - 13 septembre 2020
SACRAMENTO — California legislators approved a landmark bill on Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees, a move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fuel to a yearslong debate over whether the nature of work has become too insecure. The bill passed in a (...)

Amazon Drivers Are Hanging Smartphones in Trees to Get More Work - 1er septembre 2020
Someone seems to have rigged Amazon system to get orders first Operation reflects ferocious rivalry for gigs in a bad economy A strange phenomenon has emerged near Inc. delivery stations and Whole Foods stores in the Chicago suburbs : smartphones dangling from trees. Contract delivery drivers are (...)

’A totally different ballgame’ : Inside Uber and Lyft’s fight over gig worker status - 29 août 2020
Labor activists are targeted in a social media campaign as gig economy companies spend millions to prevent workers from becoming employees. Veena Dubal couldn’t stop her mind from reeling. It was around midnight on March 29 and coronavirus lockdowns were in effect. She says she paced back and forth between her (...)

Judge grants Uber and Lyft temporary stay, averting shutdown of California services - 22 août 2020
Lyft had announced planned suspension in blogpost as it awaited landmark decision which would enforce labor law AB5 A California judge has granted Uber and Lyft a temporary stay, heading off a shutdown by the two platforms at the last minute in an ongoing case that would require the ride-hailing giants to (...)

California Uber and Lyft drivers brace for shutdown over worker classification - 22 août 2020
Companies threatened to shut down operations over a court ruling ordering them to classify their drivers as employees by 20 August Uber and Lyft drivers are bracing for a shutdown in California, one of the rideshare companies’ largest markets. For drivers it is a bittersweet moment. One that couldn’t come at a (...)

A judge ordered Uber and Lyft to convert drivers to employees, but it’s not a done deal - 16 août 2020
The coronavirus pandemic may actually be an ideal time for the companies to reset their business, judge Ethan Schulman argued. A San Francisco judge ordered Uber and Lyft to convert their drivers to employees after a "prolonged and brazen refusal to copy with California law." "Defendants may not evade (...)

Une cour californienne intime à Uber de requalifier ses chauffeurs en employés - 13 août 2020
Le procureur de Californie reproche à Uber et à Lyft, les deux leaders américains du transport avec chauffeur, d’imposer des statuts précaires à leurs conducteurs. La déclaration a le mérite d’être directe : les « arguments bidon » d’Uber et Lyft ne tiennent pas la route, a dit, mardi 11 août, le procureur général de la (...)

California Judge Rules Uber and Lyft to Immediately Classify Drivers as Employees - 11 août 2020
The court issued a preliminary injunction, using harsh language about the rideshare companies’ “prolonged and brazen refusal to comply with California law." A California court issued a preliminary injuction on Monday, ordering Uber and Lyft to immediately reclassify Uber and Lyft ride-share drivers as employees, in (...)

Automatic for the Bosses - 17 juillet 2020
Workers may be more affected by robots taking their bosses’ jobs than their own Generally speaking, the four economic sectors in the U.S. that rely most heavily on human labor are, in order of most people employed : retail, fast food, health care, and clerical office work. These are jobs that involve interacting — (...)

Il est temps d’interroger l’ubérisation de la société - 6 juin 2020
Pouvons-nous continuer à vivre et à consommer en mettant notre organisation et nos protections sociales en danger ? C’est ce que se demande le livre « Désubériser, reprendre le contrôle ». Cette introduction est extraite du livre Désubériser, reprendre le contrôle écrit par Franck Bonot, Odile Chagny et Mathias Dufour sous (...)

Uber, Lyft and Airbnb cut thousands of jobs as pandemic batters Silicon Valley - 10 mai 2020
The economic fallout from the coronavirus has come to Silicon Valley, with major tech firms announcing layoffs in recent weeks. On Wednesday, Uber became the latest company to announce cuts, revealing in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission that it will lay off 3,700 workers – roughly 14% of its (...)

A Brief History of the Gig - 28 avril 2020
Where does the gig economy come from ? In early 2012, San Francisco taxi drivers began to raise the alarm at organizing meetings and city hearings about “bandit tech cabs” pilfering their fares. “I’ll sit at a hotel line, and I see one of these guys in their own car come up, hailed by some guy’s app, and they’ll turn (...)

Uber and Lyft Are Searching for Lifelines - The New York Times - 22 avril 2020
The ride-hailing competitors started the year with optimism. Now, like most other companies, they’re trying to survive the cratering economy. OAKLAND, Calif. — After Seattle became the first major city in the United States to experience a widespread coronavirus outbreak in March, Uber’s business there plunged between (...)

Pandemic Erodes Gig Economy Work - The New York Times - 22 avril 2020
Gig companies promoted their flexible hours as an economic lifeline for workers. In the coronavirus outbreak, it has been anything but. SAN FRANCISCO — It was just after 11 a.m. last Wednesday when Jaime Maldonado, 51, pulled his rented Nissan into a lot outside San Francisco International Airport. He figured he (...)

Le Covid-19 va-t-il précipiter la chute d’Uber, Deliveroo et Lyft ? | korii. - 21 avril 2020
Le chiffre d’affaires des applications de VTC s’effondre et Deliveroo se tourne vers Amazon. Entre -60 et -70% d’activité. À Seattle, première grande ville américaine touchée par le Covid-19, l’activité d’Uber s’est effondrée –logique lorsque la plupart des gens restent chez eux. Un mois plus tard, ses actionnaires redoutent (...)

Deliveroo warning of collapse paves way for Amazon investment | Business | The Guardian - 21 avril 2020
UK competition watchdog provisionally backs tech giant’s stake after courier firm warned it could go bust UK competition authorities have provisionally cleared Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo after the takeaway delivery firm warned it could collapse because of the coronavirus crisis. The takeaway firm told the (...)

An uncertain future for workers - 30 mars 2020
DETROIT, Mich. — There’s no better symbol of what the American worker’s life used to look like than Detroit : A stable, lifelong career at a booming factory, a union membership and a pension. The big picture : Workers’ lives in the future won’t look like that. Already, new technologies and the gig economy are breaking (...)

Coronavirus Exposes Workers to the Risks of the Gig Economy | WIRED - 15 mars 2020
Drivers for Uber and Lyft in Seattle say demand for rides has plummeted, and they have few workplace benefits to fall back on. For the past nine years, Mandolin Noir has taken care of other people’s pets around Seattle, often working through companies like Rover and Wag. The work is steady ; she visits the dogs (...)

Coronavirus Outbreak : What Happens to the Gig Economy ? - The Atlantic - 7 mars 2020
The shadow of the new coronavirus finally reached American shores this week, as markets jittered downward and new cases crept up. The scope of any outbreak here is not clear, but experts suspect that the virus will become widespread. While the disease, known as COVID-19, is a global phenomenon, the response to it (...)