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Read This Before You Use Uber

January 19, 2016

That Uber may not be the greatest employer in America in terms of taking care of its employees is a tremendous understatement.

Diane Ravitch's blog

This is an important article about Uber and the new “sharing economy.” It is great for the entrepreneurs, whose companies are valued in the billions. But not good at all for the workers, who don’t earn minimum wage and have no health insurance or any benefits. The article was written by Strphen Greenhouse, who covered labor issues for the Néw York Times for many years.

“AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT in recent American history, one corporation has stood out as the “it” company, the symbol of the new and the cool—think of IBM, then Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon—now it seems to be Uber’s moment. In just six years, Uber has gone from start-up to upstart to juggernaut, pushing its way into 250 cities and 53 countries. Boasting 1.1 million drivers worldwide and 400,000 in the United States, Uber is one of the fastest-growing start-ups in history, with an eye-popping valuation…

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  1. Good to know.

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  2. farlefty permalink

    My son used Uber a lot to travel between his apartment and his college. His last Uber trip was his LAST Uber trip because the driver got lost and took about an additional hour to find my son’s apartment building. He also didn’t like it because previously Uber only allowed two riders at one time in the same vehicle and now it appears it allows four. He’s gone back to taking public transit to school and back.

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  3. Great post.


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