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Survey: Gig Drivers in Denver Average $5.49 an Hour

Pay comes in well under minimum wage, but companies contest the calculations

(Newser) - The income of gig drivers in the Denver area is running well below minimum wage, a survey has found. Two advocacy groups, Colorado Jobs with Justice and Gig Workers Rising, queried hundreds of drivers for such platforms as Lyft, Uber, and DoorDash from last November through January, the Guardian reports....

Cops: Man Died After Lyft Driver Kicked Him Out on Highway

Former Cuomo aide Sidney Wolf was hit by another vehicle on Delaware highway

(Newser) - Sidney Wolf, a former senior policy aide to former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, died on a Delaware highway early Sunday morning after a Lyft driver allegedly kicked him and five friends out of a vehicle. According to a Delaware State Police release, the group hired a Lyft to bring...

Cops: Man Killed Lyft Driver, Stole His Car for Family Event

Devin Powell claimed he found the vehicle running with nobody inside

(Newser) - An Indianapolis man on his way to a family function ordered a Lyft—but police say instead of paying for a ride, he murdered the driver and stole his vehicle. Devlin Powell, 24, was arrested and charged with murder and robbery after police tracked the stolen vehicle to Merrillville, around...

Companies to Cover Abortion Travel Expenses

Disney joins corporations helping employees receive services 'no matter where they live'

(Newser) - The Walt Disney Co. on Friday joined a growing list of companies offering to pay travel expenses for employees seeking abortion services. Saying it realizes the effects of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Disney said it will cover travel costs for employees and their families...

Gig Driver Who Missed Car Rental Payments Mauled by K9

Ali Badr is suing city of San Ramon, Calif., for excessive force after being pulled over by cops

(Newser) - A gig driver badly mauled by a police dog is suing a San Francisco area suburb, alleging use of excessive force and violation of civil rights when police stopped him in December 2020 after he'd missed car rental payments, reports the AP . Dashboard and body-camera videos obtained by the...

Uber Reports Its First-Ever Operating Profit

But its net loss for the quarter was $2.4B

(Newser) - Uber is still a very long way from being a truly profitable company, but by one metric, it has just managed to turn its first operating profit after a decade of heavy losses. The company reported an adjusted EBITDA—earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization—of $8 million for...

Salesforce, Uber, Lyft Make Moves Around Texas Abortion Law

Salesforce will relocate workers concerned about care access; Uber, Lyft will pay drivers' legal fees

(Newser) - The Texas abortion ban, and the recent Supreme Court ruling keeping it in place, is drawing plenty of reaction, from everyone from Justice Stephen Breyer to Attorney General Merrick Garland weighing in. Add Salesforce.com into the mix, with the company informing employees this week that it would pay for...

His Story Sums Up the Agony, Ecstasy of the Gig Economy

Ecstasy in 2014, at least

(Newser) - "To understand how a man could arrive at the point where he abandons his children to chase a phone, you might want to follow him on a journey." So writes Lauren Smiley in a lengthy piece for Wired about Jeffrey Fang, a "ride-hailing legend" who in 2014...

Lyft, Uber Offer Free Rides for Shots

Biden administration cuts deal to run through July 4

(Newser) - As part of the push to administer at least one coronavirus vaccination shot to 70% of US adults by Independence Day, President Biden's administration has a plan to handle the transportation for those needing a ride. Uber and Lyft will handle the round trip for vaccine recipients through July...

Uber, Lyft Spent a Wild Amount, Came Out on Top in California

Proposition 22 passes, so workers can remain independent contactors

(Newser) - There was at least one clear winner on election night: Uber, Lyft, Instacart, and other delivery and ride-share companies, which can stick with classifying their California workers as independent contractors. Voters in the state came out 58% to 42% in favor of Proposition 22, which allows the companies to skirt...

Election Day Have You Stressed, Hungry? Check Out the Freebies

Doughnuts, chicken, and massages are gratis

(Newser) - Once you've voted, head to the gym for a free workout and massage, then reward yourself with a free doughnut. Still waiting around for election results early Wednesday? You can snag a free coffee, too. It's all possible with perks offered by various businesses this Election Day, which...

Uber, Lyft Threaten to Stop Service in Calif.

They're not happy about ruling in gig-worker case

(Newser) - Uber and Lyft are threatening to halt service in California over an order requiring them to start treating drivers like employees instead of contractors and provide benefits including sick pay. The order was issued Monday by a San Francisco Superior Court judge who granted a request from California Attorney General...

Uber Was Supposed to Ease Traffic. We Got the Opposite

Studies suggest ride-sharing makes congestion worse

(Newser) - In the early days of Uber and Lyft, executives and proponents made bold promises of reducing traffic. "If every car in San Francisco was Ubered, there would be no traffic," then-CEO Travis Kalanick famously said five years ago. The idea was that multiple strangers would be sharing rides...

Passengers Call for a Lyft, Get Will Smith as Driver

Actor was promoting 'Bad Boys for Life'

(Newser) - Four Florida passengers were in for a shock when actor Will Smith answered their Lyft call and gave them a ride around town, the AP reports. The actor was in Miami promoting his new movie, Bad Boys for Life, over the weekend. He picked up four riders in a 2020...

Uber Posts Biggest-Ever Quarterly Loss

Company lost $5.24B in 3 months

(Newser) - Uber lost $5.24 billion in the second quarter of 2019—its largest quarterly loss ever—after making huge stock-based payouts in the months following its initial public offering. The ride-hailing giant says it paid $3.9 billion in stock-based compensation and expenses during the quarter. It also paid $298...

Police: Guy Shoots Up Mobile Home, Calls Lyft to Flee the Scene

Lyft driver was 'shook up' by the whole thing

(Newser) - Not a great idea: using a car-share service as your getaway vehicle. Police say Issa Amer Ishtawi, 20, broke into a mobile home in Portage, Indiana, fired a gun, took one of the residents outside and then fired more into the mobile home, hitting one person in the foot and...

Uber Driver Ordered to Pay $500K to Torture Victim

Yusuf Abdi Ali was commander in Somali military

(Newser) - Uber and Lyft say they have permanently removed accused war criminal Yusuf Abdi Ali from their apps. The Somali ex-colonel, who drove for the rideshare apps in northern Virginia, was ordered to pay torture victim Farhan Tani Warfaa $500,000 by a jury in the state Tuesday, the Washington Post...

Another Ride-Sharing Giant Just Went Public

Uber shares were going for $45 each, raising $8.1B, just weeks after Lyft's IPO

(Newser) - With a ring of the opening bell, Uber began picking up passengers as a newly minted public company Friday, giving investors a chance to bet on a service with huge potential but a long way from turning a profit. Shares in the ride-hailing giant were sold in an initial public...

Expect Fewer Ubers on the Road Today

Drivers striking ahead of company's IPO debut

(Newser) - Uber drivers from Australia to the UK, including in at least 10 US cities, are logging off the app Wednesday to protest the company's Friday IPO offering. With Uber's expected $90 billion valuation, drivers say investors stand to get rich, while they struggle with low pay, limited benefits,...

As Lyft Goes Public, Founders Get Very Rich

$510M for John Zimmer and $700M for Logan Green, reports 'Forbes'

(Newser) - Think ride-hailing is the future of transportation? It's now possible to put some money behind your faith. Lyft began trading publicly on the Nasdaq exchange Friday, and investors seemed receptive. Shares opened at $87.24, roughly 21% higher than the $72 the company settled on for its IPO, reports...

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