All you Drivers out there opposing regulation are failing to realize how much Uber needs regulation. The only way you will ever make a fair days wages is by regulation of Uber.
Uber intentionally keeps rates so low that drivers are barely scraping by so that they can control you by manipulation in the form of “surges,” “Guarantees,” and “Other Incentives.” And then, they screw with them so no matter what you do you likely fail to meet their requirements to get the additional pay. And, this is what is wrong with Uber.
The TNC’s by hook or by crook, have manipulated their way into every major city in the world with promise to make transportation a wonderful thing. What they are actually doing is turning jobs that pay workers into jobs that pay the Corporation, at the expense of the worker. Today in most markets, UberX Drivers take home less than Uber does.
Think I am joking? Deduct all of your expenses from an UberX Drivers take home pay. Then look at the amount Uber takes. Uber takes a “Booking Fee,” plus 20 to 30% of the fare. Quite often the Driver even goes into a negative earnings while Uber still collects their fees. Yes you ARE paying Uber while you DO NOT bring home a damn penny, and nobody is doing a thing about it.
The reason Uber is so opposed to regulation of any sort, is because it will slow their endless supply of drivers waiting to be hired. Why do you think spending 9 million dollars to fight against regulation that would only cost a few hundred dollars per driver makes sense to Uber? Regulation gives value to the Driver. Presently UberX drivers are a disposable commodity. (Uber’s words, not mine) In other words, Drivers are of no true value. In today’s economy there are plenty of people struggling to get by that fall for Uber’s lies of big money, that there is no value to the Drivers. The second the Drivers have value, or cost, then Uber will have to do something to retain the Drivers they have, or shut their doors.
Uber loses thousands of Drivers every month because the Drivers discover they have been lied to, that they are not making money, but being paid the equity in their cars and barely enough to cover their expenses. You think you made $1000,00 this week? No you didn’t. You made your expenses and the equity in your car that is supposed to be put in your savings to buy a new car. YOU MADE NO REAL INCOME! That equity is your expense, not income.
Now, you can turn on your heels and leave before you lose your financial butt to Uber or you can stop Uber from doing this to everyone else. And, regulation of Uber is one of the ways to stop the exploitation of Drivers. None of us want Uber, Lyft, or any of the other companies we work for to fail. I retract that. All of us want them all to fail at taking advantage of Drivers.
Uber claims they are not making money. BULLSHIT! They are raking in money hand over fist and pissing it all away on fighting regulation instead of paying Drivers. And, Drivers presently provide the only true income made by Uber. So, why can’t we get a piece of the pie that we work to produce? Because Uber lies and solicits Drivers stand up for Uber and fight against regulation because regulation prevents growth of free enterprise. The only thing regulation is going to do to Uber is make Uber start paying a true income to Drivers. There is no free enterprise because Uber isn’t paying you.
Yes, there are Uber cars making money. Those in a regulated market such as New York City, and all of the cars regulated by a Transportation Authority make money. Why? Because they are regulated. The Drivers are of value, they cannot be replaced easily. But, even they are not being paid fair market value for their services. Do you really find all of this acceptable?
Allow me to explain to you, your future. Drivers are going to carry the TNC’s to the “Autonomous Cars” and then the TNC’s are going to remove you from the Application. It won’t matter to them at all if you still have a car you are required to make an $800.00 per month payment on, a family to feed, or even if you don’t have enough money to pay your electric bill, you will suddenly be unemployed. Your meager earnings up to that time will not have allowed you to build up a little nest egg to carry you through until your next job. You won’t be able to collect “Unemployment” because per Uber you are an Independentr Contractor and you have no such benefit.
You may think this situation ends here, but does it? What happens when you lay off 37,500 Drivers ( The amount of Drivers working San Francisco ) all at the same time that have no benefits or savings to support them? Now multiply this by the markets we serve. The only choice they have is to seek the support of our Welfare System. Yes, the Tax Payers are going to love paying for this while Uber makes billions with their autonomous cars.
I think back to Austin, Texas and look forward to Chicago . . . How much money did Uber waste on Austin? 9 million dollars? How much is being wasted on Chicago? Wouldn’t that money be better spent paying Drivers?