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NLA Partnership With Labor Advocacy Group Targets Uber

Posted on August 7, 2017

On Jan. 13, 2015, around 70 of Portland's 460 Taxi cabs protested fair taxi laws by parking in Pioneer square. Organizers want city leaders to make ride-hailing companies play by the same rules as cabs and Town cars. (Wikimedia photo by Aaron Parecki [Creative Commons license])
On Jan. 13, 2015, around 70 of Portland's 460 Taxi cabs protested fair taxi laws by parking in Pioneer square. Organizers want city leaders to make ride-hailing companies play by the same rules as cabs and Town cars. (Wikimedia photo by Aaron Parecki [Creative Commons license])

For years, drivers who work for ride-hail app companies like Uber and Lyft have been coming forward with claims of poor working conditions, including one driver who gave the infamous quote regarding being treated “only a little better than slaves." Every major ride-hail app company opts to categorize its workers as independent contractors, thereby sidestepping their obligation as the employer to provide adequate healthcare, workman’s comp, insurance, and vehicle maintenance reimbursements.

In light of these and other substandard working conditions, the National Limousine Association (NLA) has joined forces with Jobs With Justice to rally behind ride-hail app drivers in hopes of fair treatment as well as stopping Uber from making false promises about income and car leases.

Huffington Post article here

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