Seriously folks, are you really willing to settle for the shit pay and unfair partnership that Uber is presently giving you? If you are, you have very poor value of your own worth. Do you realize that the Drivers for the TNC’s have one primary thing in common? The drivers are the only true income producing faction of any of the TNC’s. DRIVERS ARE THE ONLY TRUE INCOME PRODUCING FACTION OF ANY OF THE TNC COMPANIES! And, who gets treated the most poorly? The Drivers!
If you work for Uber, you are presently working to pay for your own replacement that will take your employment from you. That’s right, not only are you going to eventually be terminated, removed from your job, & fired with no job to go to, but you are helping them do it to you. Every dollar you earn puts Travis Kalanick that much closer to replacing you with his autonomous cars. Don’t you think you should get paid for helping him fire you? I mean think about it. You are working to help Uber make millions off the future Uber that you do not get to be part of, so they can fire you and leave you in the unemployment lines wondering how you will support your family, and you are helping them do it at 0.70 to 1.30 per mile while tearing your car to pieces running around like a damn Taxi Driver.
Let me tell you something you likely have not considered. Uber makes over 2 million dollars per day just in Rider Safety Fees. How much do you think Uber makes off the 20 to 28% in Driver Fares? And, many of you do not even make a minimum wage. The Small Business Administration has some recommendations for setting how much you should ask for in earnings as an Independent Contractor. Uber does not follow this example, or anything like it. You see, Independent Contractors are not supposed to be paid less than the equivalent position as an employee. So, if you pay an employee $60.00 per hour, you would pay an Independent $60.00 per hour plus 25% markup, minus the applicable taxes and benefits provided an employee. But, Uber being a new technology means a new pay schedule. Now as an Independent Contractor you are not covered by many Labor Laws that protect the employee. In California the lack of protection under the Fair Labor Standards Act is damning to the Independent Contractor. But as I have suggested prior to this . . . Travis and Uber will bring about regulation of the Independent Contractor and make Travis real uncomfortable in the future. He will not be making friends by causing the regulation of Independent Contractors, because one thing the law means even though not written in the law, is nobody makes less than minimum wage in the United States except a few exceptions of which TNC Driver by any title you can think of is not a noted exception. Uber already has a whole bunch of complaints registered with the Labor Board because of the lack of adequate compensation paid the Independent Contractors.
What, you didn’t know you can file against a Company through the Labor Board and cause a Hearing by the Labor Board as an Independent Contractor? Why, you most certainly can. If you do not believe you have been adequately compensated by your Employer be you an Employee or Independent Contractor, just fill out the required forms and wait in line. Sooner or later you get to have your compensation reviewed by the Labor Board. Who do you think will win in this argument. Good luck Travis!
The only thing allowing Uber to get away with their intentional abuse of the Independent Contractors that drive for them, is the drivers failure to unify and get their voices heard to the Government, the TNC’s, and the Nation. But even if the drivers fail to Unify, there are enough drivers that have enough heart to see the issue through. Just a little time, just a little more time . . .
So Drivers, are you really willing to settle for the shit pay and unfair partnership that Uber is presently giving you? If you have had enough of the lies, the bullshit, and the financial loss that is Uber, Unite! Join a Driver’s Association now. (A Driver’s Association that is specific to TNC Drivers, Ride Share, or Ride-Hail Services.) Get your voice heard.