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    The New York Times Company | Kate Conger | 5/5/20 | 6 min
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    • Shelbyl3 weeks ago

      Uber has also argued that its core business is technology, not rides, and therefore drivers are not a key part of its business.

      What would the technology be without the drivers? People voluntarily sharing their locations...? There would be no service and/or product.

    • chrissetiana
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      3 weeks ago

      Uber has also argued that its core business is technology, not rides, and therefore drivers are not a key part of its business.

      But will they gain profit if these same drivers are not working for/with them? It's interesting how quickly they threw them under the bus in order to 'cut costs'.

    • jbuchana
      Scribe
      3 weeks ago

      Uber has also argued that its core business is technology, not rides, and therefore drivers are not a key part of its business.

      The word "disingenuous' was surely invented for this statement. I'd be happy to pay a bit more for a ride if it helped the drivers. How much the rates would have to go up is an interesting question though.

    • Alexa
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      3 weeks ago

      I now see the initial inspiration for bringing AB5 to life. I sure hope they get what they want out of this, because they have messed things up for a ton of CA freelancers in the process with AB5, especially writers & journos.

      I use Lyft and am glad the services exist and would gladly pay a bit extra so the drivers had a better quality of life. It seems like we were pretending that our unemployment was just hunky dory, when we were actually hiding a ton of it with gig work. Here we go again with C19 being the spotlight for broken systems. wheee!

    • Florian
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      4 weeks ago

      Uber has also argued that its core business is technology, not rides, and therefore drivers are not a key part of its business.

      Right. Drivers are not a key part... Are you sure? 😂