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This year, the plight of gig drivers went mainstream

Uber drivers protest Proposition 22 in a caravan in front of City Hall in Los Angeles on October 22, 2020 Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

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Uber’s former chief business officer discusses the gig app’s future in an uncertain climate

Emil Michael

Prop 22 was only the beginning

Photo illustration; sources: JOSH EDELSON, FREDERIC J. BROWN, peepo/Getty Images

Uber Freight says its app offers drivers more transparency and consistent earnings, but some truckers are worried it won’t help them for the long haul

Richard Hernandez, an Arkansas truck driver, regularly books loads on Uber Freight. “I think they’re just trying to increase their profit margin,” he says of the app. Photographed on November 13, 2020 in Atkins, Arkansas by Terra Fondriest for OneZero

A cheat sheet for your doomscrolling

A cab driver helping a passenger load his luggage at LAX.
A cab driver helping a passenger load his luggage at LAX.
A taxi driver helps a departing passenger with his luggage in line of taxis at LAX on October 18, 2020. Photo: Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times/Getty Images
  • Gig economy workers in California will be classified as independent contractors. In October, a California court ordered Uber and Lyft to hire their workers as employees under a new state labor law. The ballot measure that passed Tuesday allows Uber and Lyft to continue classifying drivers as independent contractors regardless.
  • Gig economy workers will get some benefits. Though meager compared…

If the Uber-backed ballot initiative passes, it may lay the groundwork for unrest not seen since the onset of the Industrial Revolution

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The past is our best guide for understanding the future of ride-hailing apps

Uber has written millions of lines of code, but none of it changes the reality that drivers need to feed their family and pay their rent

Photo: Robyn Beck/Getty Images

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