In the latest challenge over their labor status, gig workers say the state is illegally failing to pay them jobless benefits in a timely way.
Veena DubalAs in CA, UberLyft drivers in NY are employees for unemployment insurance. As in CA, the state of NY is taking months to get drivers their benefits and/or pushing them to PUA, which is less $ b/c it is based on net earnings.
This morning, @NYTWA sued.
An Uber customer on Friday asked a Manhattan federal judge to overturn an arbitration win for the company in a price-fixing case, arguing that the arbitrator only ruled in Uber's favor because he was scared.
Veena DubalAstonishing! The arbiter who ruled in favor of Uber said:
“I must say I act out of fear. My fear is if I ruled Uber illegal, I would need security. I wouldn't be able to walk the streets at night. People would be after me."
As someone who has received...
One of the leading forces organizing visible protests is eleven women who have never met in person.
Veena DubalREAD this on Gig Workers Collective! W/@hashtagmolotov & @Sarah___Clarke
“GWC organizers..ref a misconception that gig workers r “fungible”..”drifter”-types..In reality, a large part of this workforce relies on gig work as fulltime income”
The controversial tech giant is newsier than ever amid COVID-19, and still maneuvering in ways that leave us worse off, according to 'Big Gig' critics and workers.
Veena DubalAmazing piece by @warmlyburns on Uber. Me: “That Uber is..trying to buy Grubhub while laying off thousands..is..emblematic of how they don’t have a model for survival, &..[how]at the core of the way they operate is a disregard for human labor.”
The Future of Work in the Age of Automation and AI Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto, May 15, 2020 This international and interdisciplinary workshop, ...
Veena DubalI ♥️ed the Future of Work conf at Centre4Ethics @UofT! My paper drew on @eileen_boris's pathbreaking work on piecework in early 20th c to think abt how the temporal politics of automation is felt in the bodies of digital pieceworkers.
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‘If I had missed that Zoom call, I would have missed the news,’ a former employee told the Daily Mail
Veena DubalWhite collar Uber employee who is laid off reflects on how Uber treats workers overall:
“They gave us no notice. If I missed that Zoom call, I would have missed the news. We knew they didn’t have the drivers’ backs but they don’t have anyone’s backs.”
The black woman’s experience in America provides arguably the most overwhelming evidence of the persistent and ongoing drag from gender and race discrimination on the economic fate of workers and families. Black women’s labor market position is the...
Veena Dubal"Although Black women have a longer history of sustained employment compared with other women, in 2017, the median annual earnings for full-time year-round black women workers was just over $36,000—an amount 21 percent lower than that of white women"
Veena DubalWant to know where the tech-enabled "gig economy" came from...and where it's going? Take a gander at my new essay out for @logic_magazine.
Thanks to Alex Blasdel & @bentarnoff for the opportunity & editing!
In October 2014, Ezekiel Emanuel published an essay in the Atlantic called “Why I Hope to Die at 75.” Because Emanuel is a medical doctor and chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s department of medical ethics and health policy, as well as a...
Veena DubalThis is disgusting:
“These people who live a vigorous life to 70, 80, 90 years of age—when I look at what those people “do,” almost all of it is what I classify as play. It’s not meaningful work...that’s not probably a meaningful life.”
In the face of the coronavirus, Uber has launched a new Work Hub that enables its drivers to find alternative gig work, in such areas as customer service, food production, and logistics.
Veena DubalUber is using the coronavirus to grow the informal economy—turning workers to other sectors where they can labor w/o min wage, worker’s compensation, & unemployment insurance.
This is the exact opposite of what ppl need right now.
The ride-hailing competitors started the year with optimism. Now, like most other companies, they’re trying to survive the cratering economy.
Veena DubalInsightful article by @kateconger.
There is no reason that companies w/billions in VC funding, which for almost a decade could not turn a profit despite flagrantly violating labor & employment laws, should come out of this—at all.
No matter how much we want to return to ‘normal’, we must be wary of additional for-profit use of our data
Veena DubalMy latest OpEd: "The false dichotomy b/n health & privacy..masks the critical role that contact tracing & other forms of surveillance..have already played in exacerbating the very real disparate impacts of this pandemic on..minority communities."
Rajesh Jayaseelan ‘starved’ himself, friend says, because he feared landlord finding out he was ill
Veena DubalThis happening to thousands of Uber drivers all over the world. They are, as @mer__edith and I wrote in an OpEd a few weeks ago, choosing between death and starvation.
All b/c of their misclassification.
Workers say too little is being done to enforce social distancing in stores, and some are not given masks or training on cleaning
Veena DubalWhole Foods (not unionized, owned by Amz, reporting record sales) has confirmed cases of workers w/Covid-19 in stores across the country.
Employees are worried for their safety, and are STRIKING ON MAY 1!
Zachary Frenette spent about two weeks fighting to get help under a new Uber policy. It worked, but only after he got the news media involved.
Veena DubalI've heard this story now about gig workers on a number of platforms. They qualify for the relief the company is supposedly offering, but are ignored/rejected...until the Media gets involved.
Low-wage service workers on the frontlines are pushing their employers for hazard pay raises, protective gear and paid time off if they get sick.
Veena DubalThis is an amazing overview of workers who are considered "essential" in this pandemic & what they are experiencing. It includes links to resources. We shld all be appreciating the ppl who get us thru this. And we shld pay them accordingly.
Multiple drivers tell Business Insider that Uber has rejected their requests for sick pay, despite doctors' notes telling them to self-quarantine.
Veena DubalMe: “It's so cruel, they're essentially taking advantage of a pandemic to try and create laws and regulations that specifically accommodate their illegal business model”
Uber promised coronavirus aid, drivers say the company's not paying up
With coronavirus-related job losses, many workers are reluctantly seeking charity and unemployment benefits for the first time in their lives.
Veena Dubal“Biting back shame, and wondering guiltily about others in more dire straits, they are applying for UI..showing up in unprecedented numbers at food banks, which in turn are struggling to meet soaring demand as volunteers, many of them retirees, stay home”
Veena DubalExactly What We Said Would Happen: Instacart Is Quietly Informing Shoppers That They May Have Been Exposed to Covid by Gig Workers Collective:
"This is the exact worst-case scenario we wrote about when giving our reasons for a strike."
Despite leaders’ decrees on staying home, laborers who live hand-to-mouth say they have no choice but to keep hitting the streets. Here are their stories.
Veena DubalBicycle Rikshawalla in India: “”If you don’t even have a house, how can you work from home?” Mr. Ravidas said, worry lines furrowing his face. “My home is my work. Today was the first time in my life I had to accept food from a charity.””