There’s pretty much no way to stop Uber. It’s completely changed the game as far as paying someone to drive you around is concerned, and there’s no going back to the old way. Now it looks like Uber drivers are going legitimate. The Teamsters are setting up an association for Uber drivers. There’s already one set up in Seattle via the Teamsters called the App-Based Drivers Association, and it seems like the idea is catching on.
Of course, it’s not a union, but it’s something more like collectivization as Uber drivers and other professional drivers want to get a little more protection on their jobs than they currently have. Uber’s faced a lot of lawsuits and legal issues, but after forking over $100 million in settlements to California and Massachusetts drivers, there’s increasing need for drivers to figure out what their place is. That’s where the Teamsters come in, providing advice to drivers on benefits, settling disputes, legal and tax services, and so on.
“We think we’re the best vehicle for erecting this association concept, given our size and our diversity as a union,” said Rome Aloise, an international vice president with the California Teamsters. “We’ve talked to drivers that are trying to make it a full time job and would probably love to be employee but we’ve also talked to people —frankly the majority of them — who don’t want to work full time and don’t want to be employees. There’s no unanimity of opinion on this issue.”
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