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Uber Arbitration Agreement Held Unconscionable

Published June 11th, 2015 -

On Tuesday, in a decision with major implications for ongoing litigation concerning the employee status of Uber drivers, Judge Chen ruled that Uber’s arbitration clause is unenforceable.  In a seventy-page decision, the court held that the arbitration cl... More »


Gig News — June 10, 2015

Published June 10th, 2015 -

This post is part of an ongoing series on labor and the gig economy. Senator Mark Warner has emerged as a leading advocate for gig economy workers.  The Virginian-Pilot reports that Sen. Warner gave a speech last week at the New America Foundation noting his c... More »


Uber's Take-Rate Structure and Employee Status

Published May 23rd, 2015 -

According to a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal, Uber has increased it’s “take-rate” in select markets.  Since April, in San Francisco and San Diego, Uber has been taking a 30% commission on rides offered by new UberX drivers.  The pre... More »


Gig News — May 19, 2015

Published May 19th, 2015 -

This post is part of an ongoing series on labor and the gig economy. The Wall Street Journal published contrasting opinions on whether the gig economy is good for workers.  Rachel Botsman, who teaches a class on the collaborative economy at Oxford University, ... More »


Gig News – May 4th

Published May 4th, 2015 -

This post is part of an ongoing series on labor and the gig economy. The Recorder profiled Shannon Liss-Riordan, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs in the Uber and Lyft California worker classification suits previously covered by OnLabor and described in d... More »


Gig News – April 20th

Published April 20th, 2015 -

As Professor Sachs recently posted, OnLabor will now provide bi-weekly updates with labor news from the “gig” – or “sharing” – economy.  The gig economy is exploding, and will continue to grow at a rapid pace according to a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoope... More »


Uber, the Gig Economy, and Labor

Published April 16th, 2015 -

OnLabor will soon launch a new feature providing coverage of labor news from the “gig” – or “sharing” – economy.  Similar to our Fast Food News feature, Gig News will consolidate stories with important labor implications fro... More »


Uber Drivers Go Offline in "Global Day of Protest"

Published October 23rd, 2014 -

As we reported earlier this week, Uber drivers in New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and London picketed outside of the company’s offices and turned off their apps yesterday in what drivers are calling a “global day of protest.” Originally ... More »


The Life of an Uber Driver, Part Two: Uber Drivers Respond

Published October 21st, 2014 -

Last week, I wrote about the inner workings of Uber’s business model and how the company has made several drastic changes over the summer. To briefly recap, Uber has increased the commission it takes from drivers while cutting the overall fares they charge cus... More »


The Life of an Uber Driver, Part One: The Business Model

Published October 13th, 2014 -

Uber, a ride-sharing service operating in 45 countries and more than 170 cities worldwide, has upended the taxi industry and become a major labor flashpoint as a leader of the “1099 economy.”  Economists claim that Uber has a unanimously positive impact on con... More »