The most damning thing Uber has done in it climb to where it is today, is cause harm to the communities it served by destruction of the very jobs Uber created. The United States has been struggling for years to improve it’s economy, and it’s lack of good employment for workers that have been struggling since the Great Depression of 2007. The depression which was supposed to have ended by 2009 left behind a big chunk of America that was still unemployed or not adequately employed and still continues today.
Uber and other Ride-Hail Services came on the scene about 4 years or so ago, and started creating jobs. Lots of jobs. Better than that, lots of good paying jobs. The Ride-Hail Services have created over 160,000 jobs across America, improving the lives of many and bringing many unemployed back to the workforce. They went even further and created jobs that made those that held those jobs were also their own small business. Until recently, the workers that held these jobs were able to support their families and hold their heads high. Uber changed all of it. Uber literally has destroyed all of the jobs created leaving the jobs as poverty level and devastating the workforce they created.
Recently Uber cut rates to such a degree that almost every driver is unable to make expenses. Of the few that are making their expenses, few are making even minimum wage for their efforts. Many opted to purchase new vehicles to work with Uber only to be left saddled with debt they can no longer earn enough to pay. We all know Uber has pushed the envelope with violating numerous local and Sate laws, but the true crime committed by Uber is their failure to take responsibility for maintaining the jobs they created.
Yes, I have heard all the arguments that Uber does not have to do such, that drivers can seek employment elsewhere if not happy with the scraps Uber throws them. But, where do we draw the line on the responsibility for a business to serve their community? If Uber was financially failing and needed to cut jobs to survive it would be acceptable to cut rates or reduce jobs. But, this is not the case. Uber demonstrates no business ethics or responsibility in the way they do business. So, rather than reducing rider fares and allowing drivers to continue making a decent income in Uber’s attempts to control local transportation services, Uber chose to destroy the livelihoods of almost all of the 160,000 jobs they created by reducing driver rates to such a degree that drivers cannot earn a reasonable income no matter how hard they try while reducing rider fares.
To keep drivers working for less than half their previous earnings Uber offers “incentive guarantees” to provide their own form of subsidy to drivers that work precisely as directed by Uber. These guarantees if followed as instructed are providing minimum wage pay to some drivers. But, these guarantees control the way the driver works leading one to believe the drivers are employees rather than Independent Contractors and it is logical to make the conclusion that if it is necessary to offer guarantees to get the work done and the workers paid, there is a failure in Uber’s system that needs immediate attention. Presently two cases are before the Courts asking the deciding the question if Uber and Lyft drivers are employees or Independent Contractors. The ”Guarantee” method leaves little doubt the drivers are employees.
While creating a failing economy for drivers and creating financial boost to Uber riders, Uber still manages to increase their income by earning almost double the amount in Rider Fees while drivers double their expenses to make the same pay previously earned.
Uber has crowed and boasted about how beneficial they have been to the community by the creation of so many jobs, making of so many small business, and etc. Uber continues to seek a pat on the back for being such a provider of such economical growth today, although they started the destruction of these jobs at the end of last year. Regardless any requirement of law to maintain the aforementioned jobs, a moral obligation to the community need be realized by any business that creates jobs, to continue provision of these jobs so long as the market served uses these jobs. You see, in the case of these 160,000 jobs, the jobs are still needed to serve the community the same as before, but Uber chose to make the jobs no longer income producing enough to support a human worker. Uber reduced these jobs to earnings sufficient to meet the expense of the operation of t6he vehicle . . . Because Uber wants to take the human worker completely out of the equation. Uber wants to use autonomous cars to provide the services performed by the 160,000 human workers. And, to demonstrate the ability to reduce the costs to consumers while still demonstrating Uber can earn substantial profit Uber has reduced the workers to that of an unpaid robot.
And no government agency, no legal challenge, or worker protest has come forward with adequate strength to stop this abuse of the American Worker leaving these 160,000 people stuck out of desperation in these jobs without visible indication of future relief. You may believe I am writing a science fiction novel about a wealthy eccentric that takes advantage of everyone and everything, but there is no fiction involved here. Travis Kalanick has every intent to force the use of the autonomous car into our society in the very immediate future and will sacrifice every human’s livelihood he must to do so. Recent news suggested that the new economy to be created by Uber’s vision of the future, would displace 10 million workers to create a new work force and a new economy. I think it is time somebody pay attention and stop this train wreck before it destroys our nations economy and forces us into a deeper depression than ever realized by this Country before. Uber does not have the right to go unchallenged to destroy our economy or our livelihoods.