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Today’s News & Commentary — October 13, 2017

Published October 13th, 2017 -

In New York City, more people are taking Uber than traditional yellow cabs, the New York Times reports.  Uber’s growth has been fueled by new riders in the outer boroughs; a similar trend–new customers outside the city center–is also taking h... More »

Today’s News & Commentary—October 3, 2017

Published October 3rd, 2017 -

POLITICO reports that the Trump administration is weighing an executive order on low-income assistance plans.  The order would instruct federal agencies to review such plans as part of a larger effort to “make sweeping changes to the country’s welf... More »

London Bans Uber

Published September 22nd, 2017 -

In a major gig economy development, London’s transit authority announced today that it will revoke Uber’s operating license.  Among the reasons cited for the revocation are problems in the way Uber conducts background checks of its drivers. Employm... More »

Daily News & Commentary — August 28, 2017

Published August 28th, 2017 -

The New York Times opinion page profiles unemployment “in black and white,” examining the factors driving the phenomenon in which the overall unemployment rate for black Americans (7.4%) is almost twice the overall unemployment rate for white Ameri... More »

Susan Fowler Files Amicus Brief in Murphy Oil

Published August 28th, 2017 -

This post is part of OnLabor’s continuing analysis of National Labor Relations Board v. Murphy Oil USA. Susan Fowler, whose blog post publicized the sexist workplace culture at Uber, filed an amicus brief in support of employees in the consolidated cases of Mu... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 13, 2017

Published July 13th, 2017 -

The United Auto Workers announced Tuesday that employees at a Nissan plant in Mississippi have filed a petition for a union election.  The New York Times reports that the U.A.W. has been working to unionize the plant since 2012 and criticized, in a statement, ... More »

The Un-Newness of Uber’s Arguments

Published July 12th, 2017 -

I thought readers would appreciate the opening paragraph of a new article on regulating ridesharing platforms: In 1933, Elizabeth Rhone called Try Me Cab Company’s advertised phone number to order a cab. The company dispatched a vehicle bearing its logo. Unfor... More »

Today’s News & Commentary — July 7, 2017

Published July 7th, 2017 -

The June jobs report was released this morning. There’s coverage here and here. In anticipation of the report, coverage in major papers this week remarked on the economy’s continued slow expansion and the slower-than-last-year jobs growth in the first five mon... More »

Weekend News & Commentary — June 24-25, 2017

Published June 25th, 2017 -

In the wake of CEO Travis Kalanick’s resignation last week, Uber is pleading with its employees to stay on with the company.  According to the Wall Street Journal, some Uber employees are considering leaving the company after the tumultuous last few months; ot... More »

Uber Adds a Tip Option

Published June 21st, 2017 -

Lost in the extensive coverage of Travis Kalanick’s resignation is the news that Uber is adding an in-app tip option.  According to the Washington Post, the option is already available in Houston, Minneapolis, and Seattle, and should be part of the app n... More »