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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Why Uber And Lyft May Be Bad For The Poor (And The Earth)

Uber competing with taxis is old news, but many now worry that ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft compete with public transit for riders. Not only can ride-hailing service be incredibly convenient, nowadays it can be dirt cheap, increasing the appeal of simply opening the mobile app. This trend may come as no surprise to cities with limited and inefficient transit that are losing their poor, transit-dependent riders in droves to gentrification.

August 28, 2017
Uber CEO

Uber CEO Quits Trump’s Business Advisory Group After Backlash

Uber Technologies Inc Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick quit President Donald Trump’s business advisory group amid mounting pressure from activists and employees who oppose the administration’s immigration policies. Critics included Uber drivers, many of whom are immigrants themselves.

February 3, 2017

Uber Drivers In U.S. Cities To Join Planned Worker Protests

Hundreds of Uber drivers in two dozen cities, including San Francisco, Miami and Boston, for the first time will add their voices to the union-backed “Fight for $15” campaign.

November 28, 2016
Josh Mohrer, Uber's general manager for New York, speaks to the media while Uber riders and driver-partners take part in a rally on steps of the New York City Hall in New York June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/File Photo

Uber And Deregulated Hypercapitalism Increasingly Leave Americans Unprotected

The embrace of rapidly growing companies like Uber is the harbinger of a deeper and more disturbing trend—the reality that Americans are increasingly unprotected as individuals against the growing power of corporate giants.

June 6, 2016
An Uber sign is seen in a car in New York June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Uber Deal Shows Divide In Labor’s Drive For Role In ‘Gig Economy’

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers trumpeted an agreement reached recently to represent New York Uber drivers, saying it “gives organized labor an opportunity to shape the new economy in a way that supports and values workers and their families.” But not everyone in the labor movement is cheering.

May 23, 2016
An Uber car is seen parked with the driver's lunch left on the dashboard in Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States July 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

What Does It Mean To “Gig” American Workers?

Two internet-based ride-hiring brats, Uber and Lyft, have swaggered into
cities all across our country, insisting that they’re innovative,
tech-driven geniuses. As such, they consider themselves above the old laws
that other transportation companies, like taxis, follow. And they’ve made
it a corporate policy to throw hissy fits when cities — from Los Angeles
to Atlanta, Houston to Portland — have dared even to propose that they
obey rules too.

May 12, 2016
Maya Jackson, a Lyft driver from Sacramento, holds a Lyft Glowstache during a photo opportunity in San Francisco, California February 3, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Lyft Drivers, If Employees, Owed Millions More – Court Documents

Lyft drivers would have recouped an average of $835 each under a standard rate for mileage reimbursement set by the U.S. government.

March 20, 2016

Could Ride-Sharing Services Slow U.S. Car Sales?

Global new car sales will soar from 70 million in 2010 to 125 million by 2025, but the way those cars are used and who will own them is going to change rapidly according to a new report from the McKinsey consulting firm.

October 3, 2015

Uber Reaches $50 Billion Valuation With New Funding, Report Says

Uber, the gorilla of ride-booking apps, has raised close to $1 billion from investors.

July 31, 2015

2016 Presidential Race Emerging As The First Uber Election

The so-called sharing economy is fast emerging as a 2016 presidential battleground, exposing fundamentally different approaches over how to embrace new technologies without hurting American workers.

July 24, 2015
Google driverless car

Shorter Road Ahead For Driverless Cars

Friends keep orating that driverless cars are something in the far-ahead future. Apparently, they’re not. That future is near.

June 9, 2015

The Top Trends In Travel For 2015

By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times (TNS) If we had a crystal ball, using its intelligence to figure out how to be a thriftier, smarter, trendier traveler would bring a big payoff. We don’t have such an orb, but we do have some ideas on what the coming year holds for those who make the […]

January 5, 2015

Loving Uber Less

Things are suddenly getting ugly for Uber.

November 25, 2014

Ride-Share Service Lyft Reaches Deal With New York

New York (AFP) — Ride-share operator Lyft has struck a deal allowing its launch in New York City two weeks after a snag over safety and licensing forced a postponement. Lyft said it was launching a service in all five boroughs of the city starting at 7:00 p.m. Friday. “We’ve finalized an agreement to offer […]

July 25, 2014

Cab Drivers In Europe Protest Against Uber, Other Ride-Share Services

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times LONDON — A smartphone app designed to keep people on the go brought parts of Europe to a standstill as cabbies protested Wednesday against what they view as an unfair, unsafe threat to their livelihoods. Uber, a California-pioneered app that allows users to hail rides from participating drivers at the […]

June 11, 2014