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The layoffs include most of the executive team at Postmates, the food delivery app that Uber bought last year.
The Biden administration has an opportunity to restore basic labor protections to the people who deliver our groceries and drive for Uber and Lyft.
Uber built a business on the backs of drivers and, now, restaurants. But the company’s chief Dara Khosrowshahi says it’s not part of the ‘menace economy.’
A day after handing its autonomous car project to a Silicon Valley start-up, Uber is ridding itself of another expensive operation.
Company executives once said having cars that can drive on their own would be a salvation for their business. But the effort turned into a legal and financial headache.
Confronted with deserted streets during the pandemic, drivers are turning in their rented black cabs by the hundreds.
A voter-approved measure strips them of basic protections enjoyed by employees in other businesses.
While some businesses have adapted to virus restrictions, the yellow cab industry is especially suffering.
A successful ballot measure in California makes drivers and other workers contractors, but the companies face continued pushback.
The gig companies wrote new labor laws that are almost impossible to change.
The victory of Proposition 22, the most expensive initiative in the state’s history, could help gig companies remake labor laws throughout the country.
A group that also includes Lyft and DoorDash has spent nearly $200 million to support a California proposition that could save them from a new labor law.
The ruling adds new urgency to a ballot measure in the state that would exempt the companies from a new labor law intended to give gig workers more employment rights.
The city became the second in the nation to create a compensation standard for ride-hailing drivers, after New York.
After a battle with transportation regulators, the ride-hailing firm was granted an 18-month license.
The Labor Department proposal would most likely treat drivers and other gig workers as contractors, not employees.
Investigators said the woman had been watching a video on her phone when the vehicle killed a pedestrian in Arizona.
We’re in limbo as the ride-hailing company spends millions fighting a new state law.
Joe Sullivan, who led Uber’s security team through the company’s most tumultuous period, was fired by the company’s newly installed chief executive in 2017.
The companies, under legal pressure to reclassify their drivers as employees, said they would halt rides unless an appeals court gives them permission to continue.
Both are threatening to pull out of California this week over a law requiring them to treat their workers as full-fledged employees.
Under pressure to classify their freelance drivers as full-time employees, the ride-hailing companies are discussing another option.
Gig workers want both flexibility and benefits — we support laws that could make that possible.
Uber said revenue fell 29 percent in the second quarter because people traveled less, but food deliveries soared.
Anthony Levandowski, a onetime star Silicon Valley engineer of self-driving cars, had pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets.
A federal judge’s decision in New York is a key victory in efforts to secure the protections extended to other workers.
A lawsuit by the state’s attorney general adds to pressure on the companies to consider their drivers full-time employees.
Only a small number of large companies have tied executive compensation to goals for hiring and promotion of workers from underrepresented groups.
Uber and Lyft hailed a Cornell paper’s conclusion that their drivers make solid wages. But others have questioned the researchers’ approach.
The ride-hailing company’s core business has struggled in the pandemic, and it is betting on growth of its Uber Eats division.
The city was among the first to close and among the first to reopen. But Uber’s lessons there could be difficult to duplicate elsewhere.
The ride-hailing company has been trying to expand its food-delivery business to compensate for the collapse of its main business.
Many gig-based business models help customers take advantage of workers. Let’s stop giving tech companies a free ride.
Six former employees were recently named in federal charges that were an indication of the lengths some companies will go to hit back at detractors.
Why the middlemen are the internet’s villains.
Uber had been courting Grubhub for months, but the food-delivery rival will sell itself to a European rival instead. Regulations are partly to blame.
The Dutch food delivery company beat out Uber to buy Grubhub, whose chief executive will oversee operations in North America.
Mergers are taking a hit during the pandemic, but there’s still an appetite for certain types of transactions.
A deal would unite two large players in food delivery as more people order in meals during the pandemic.
Lyft, Uber and Airbnb depend on travel, vacations and gatherings. That’s a problem when much of the world is staying home.
The ride-hailing companies are accused of defying a new state law that says gig workers should be treated as employees.
Thank goodness for crummy video conferencing.
California’s move to aid gig workers may break federal rules. But the state said it had few options after the ride-hailing companies resisted other benefits.
The ride-hailing competitors started the year with optimism. Now, like most other companies, they’re trying to survive the cratering economy.
In a city ravaged by an epidemic, few places have been as hard hit as central Queens.
Drivers have contended with Uber and inflated medallion prices. Now the pandemic has caused rides to plummet by two-thirds or more.
Gig companies promoted their flexible hours as an economic lifeline for workers. In the coronavirus outbreak, it has been anything but.