Travis Kalanick, I want you to know that it is not acceptable that you reap billions off this gig, and I go home penniless. Seriously, not acceptable!
When the autonomous cars get here, it is your intent that we just grab our dirty “T-shirt” and hit the road. Uber moves on to the future, and the drivers that got you there get to join the Unemployment Line. We won’t be able to collect any unemployment benefits because we are Independent Contractors. And, as most of us have not been paid a decent rate since September of 2014, most of us won’t have a little nest-egg built up to see us through. Even if we can find another job quick, it will probably be another “Sharing/Gig Economy” job that won’t support a family or do anything to provide the future American Worker with a real job or career. Nope, this just isn’t acceptable at all.
You know, over the past two years I have watched you turn good jobs that were adequate to support the American Worker and his/her family, into jobs that pay the worker poverty level incomes with no benefit or protections. With all the business that have followed in your path, that’s a lot of jobs taken from the American Workers. I know, I can hear you saying it right now, “Look at all the jobs Uber has created. There are close to half a million drivers working Nation-Wide?” Sorry, you are mistaken. If Uber created jobs, people would get paid to work. Instead of jobs, it appears you have created a new job classification, the “Transportation Hobbyist,” you call it UberX. As “Hobbyist” we do not expect to be paid for our labor. As a matter of fact, as “Hobbyist” we would even find it acceptable to have to pay to play the game for you.
Uber claims to be a “Technology Company,” of course it isn’t. Technology companies pay both their employees and their contractors well. If you look at the history of the Taxi Industry, you would have to reach the conclusion that Uber is a “Taxi Service.” Seriously, everything the Taxi Industry has done to their drivers in the past, seems to be Uber’s present day. Is it possible that one of these Government Officials “grows a pair,” or one of the Court Cases brings about this reality and the next day Uber be fully regulated by the CPUC, just like the Taxis and limousines? Face it, the only difference between Uber and a Cab Company is instead of hearing voices over the phone, that old modem sound is passing through that phone line. But then again, Taxi Drivers get paid . . . UberX drivers don’t.
Mr. Kalanick, In case nobody else has told you yet, this is really not acceptable.