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kleinbl00  ·  251 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How the internet is clogging up city streets

I think an Uber driver's union would be fucking awesome.

Also fucking useless as there's nothing preventing scabbing.

That's the thing about the gig economy - if you're in it, that means you're willing to take the job for shitty pay with no benefits and no security. You are, by definition, cheaper and worse than the people who won't work gig-to-gig. And I say that as a freelancer - a union freelancer, in a skilled position, in a highly-regimented Union profession.

I've gotten thousands of dollars of work redoing bullshit that people think they could get some Mandy loser to do for them for less, and they ended up paying twice.




bfv  ·  251 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Also fucking useless as there's nothing preventing scabbing.

Until you notice that once you've organized the Uber drivers, you don't need Uber, you need someone to make you an Uber that optimizes on criteria your drivers want optimized on.

kleinbl00  ·  251 days ago  ·  link  ·  

https://www.waze.com/carpool

I'm really curious as to where, exactly, Uber's investors think they'll make their money back. With Didi pushing into Mexico I don't even know if there are any greater fools left.

keifermiller  ·  251 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    That's the thing about the gig economy - if you're in it, that means you're willing to take the job for shitty pay with no benefits and no security. You are, by definition, cheaper and worse than the people who won't work gig-to-gig.

Sounds a lot like the I.W.W.'s hayday to me.

kleinbl00  ·  251 days ago  ·  link  ·  

One.

Hundred.

Percent.

I've been paying too much attention to the economy since 2008. Every macroeconomist worth his salt will point out that inequalities and worker protections are as bad or worse than they were during the Gilded Age.

I'm going to a votech school. It has a multimillion-dollar CNC lab. It shares a zip code with Microsoft.

it has a food bank.