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Lyft Driver Charged With Assault After York Shooting

Published on Jul 13, 2020 at 7:24 am in News.

A Lyft driver has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person in a shooting in York, Pennsylvania on June 24, 2020.

Henrietta Rice and her nieces, Rosemarie Elliot and Mae Harris, ordered a Lyft around 3 a.m. on June 24 after a family gathering. An argument broke after Rice requested that the window be rolled down. Initially, the driver, Jerry Miller, 51, of Newburg, Cumberland County, acted like he didn’t hear the request.

Labor Advocacy Groups Concerned About California Ballot Measure

Published on Jul 10, 2020 at 7:46 am in News.

As promised, Uber and Lyft, as well as Postmates, Instacart, and Doordash, have announced Proposition 22—also known as “Protect App-Based Drivers and Services Act.” This ballot measure will appear before California voters in the November election. Two labor advocacy groups believe the ballot, if passed, would lower workers’ wages and limit the power of legislators to institute new labor protections.

According to Bloomberg CityLab, Proposition 22 is backed by $110 million from Uber, Lyft, Postmates, Instacart, and Doordash. Those companies claim their workers want to maintain their status as independent contractors; however, the National Employment Law Project and the Partnership for Working Families believes the measure would remove existing protects that give certain gig workers full employment rights.

Dueling Studies Show Disparity Among Rideshare Drivers’ Earnings

Published on Jul 7, 2020 at 8:11 am in News.

As discussions continue to happen around the country about rideshare drivers, their employment status, and their earnings, Cornell University and The New School and UC Berkeley released dueling studies regarding how much Uber and Lyft drivers actually make.

According to Wired, Cornell University, commissioned by ride-hailing companies, determined the average Seattle driver makes $23. 25 per hour. Researchers from The New School and UC Berkeley, commissioned by the city of Seattle, determined rideshare drivers make $9.73 an hour.

Uber Acquires Postmates for $2.65 Billion

Published on Jul 7, 2020 at 7:50 am in News.

In an effort to expand its presence in the food delivery industry, Uber has purchased Postmates for $2.65 billion. The deal was announced on the morning of July 6. Uber plans to combine Postmates with its own food delivery subsidiary and Postmates will continue to operate under its own name.

According to the New York Times, together Uber Eats and Postmates will have a 37 percent share of food delivery sales in the United States. DoorDash, however, will still remain the largest player with 45 percent, and Grubhub will have 17 percent.

Uber Passengers Prompted to Disinfect Backseat Amid Coronavirus

Published on Jul 1, 2020 at 7:19 am in News.

Uber is partnering with Clorox to provide disinfectant wipes to drivers in select cities. When hailing a ride, passengers will be prompted through the Uber app to use the wipes to sanitize the backseat before and after every trip.

Starting this month, Uber, with Clorox’s help, plans to provide nearly 600,000 canisters of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to drivers in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York City. Drivers can confirm they have wipes available in their vehicle via the driver checklist. If a rider is connected with a driver with wipes, they will be informed about the wipes and told which surfaces the company recommends cleaning.