Uber is NOT your employer

Papa Sarducci

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You are!

Many people seem to have the impression that Uber is employment, it is not. When you drive for Uber you are operating a small business, you have become your own employer. This seems to be a problem throughout the gig economy, not just with Uber. Even if you only do it part time you are still self employed. If you have a complaint, who do you complain to? If you aren't getting enough hours to make a living, who is in charge of scheduling when you work? Is that a company car you are driving around? Who is paying for your health insurance? Are taxes being taken out of your pay for Social Security, etc.? If you need to take time off for a medical emergency (FMLA) will you be able to collect pay during that time? If you get deactivated from your 'job' with Uber can you go to the state and collect unemployment?

The labor system in Amerika has developed into what it is over many years, gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft threaten to undo over 50 years of hard fought changes in labor law that made life better for the workforce.

Would it be better for drivers if they got together and formed a corporation perhaps an LLC or Co-operative to handle the administrative aspects of the business? They would still remain independent contractors for Uber but would have more power as a group to purchase goods and services in larger quantities at better prices.
 
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Huberis

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Would it be better for drivers if they got together and formed a corporation perhaps an LLC or Co-operative to handle the administrative aspects of the business? They would still remain independent contractors for Uber but would have more power as a group to purchase goods and services in larger quantities at better prices.
That is a smart call. Something along those lines. That is a good simple reason by which to associate. That is a pragmatic kind of way of relating with other drivers.
 
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