Welcome back to This Week in Rideshare & Gig Economy News! This Week’s headlines include:
- Uber Offers Financial Assistance Program Active Drivers
- Additional financial support for Lyft drivers in California
- Doordash’s pandemic hazard pay in San Fransisco
- Uber boat service in London. Links to all of these are below
Hey guys, my name is Cecily Jamelia and welcome back to this week in Rideshare news. This week’s stories include; law firm confirms that they’re negotiating a potential settlement with Uber; door dash provides 78 cents for hazard pay and reimbursement for PPE; and Uber announces boat service on the Thames River in England. And from our, ” What would you do?” This week, a Lyft rider attacks a driver over a driver partition.
Lichten & Liss-Riordan are currently negotiating a potential settlement with Uber. They are now asking drivers in California and Massachusetts, to make sure that they have your information on file. So definitely click the link. Okay guys. Even if you previously received an arbitration settlement, you should contact them. Especially if you continued driving for Uber after signing your settlement, you may be eligible for additional money that will cover the period after that. If you haven’t signed up for the settlement or receive money from a previous settlement, y’all need to make sure they have your information because they have some money waiting for you. Okay. Secondly, Uber has also created a new financial assistance program for California drivers. Details of the program can be found at the link below.
If you believe you or someone else in your household has been exposed to COVID-19 or have an underlying health condition or age 60 or over, you can receive $360 and stay home for three days. Now there’s no documentation required for this, and you can drive again after your three days. This program was supposed to end August 15th, so I do have information about the program. But if you did contract COVID-19, that’s a completely different program. So DoorDash sent emails to San Francisco Dashers, informing them that they would pay 78 cents a day, as “Hazard pay”, in response to the city’s April 21st emergency ordinance. Requiring on demand delivery services to provide or reimburse employees for the reasonable cost of purchasing necessary hand sanitizer, disinfecting cleaning wipes, and any needed personal protective equipment, such as gloves or face masks.
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78 cents a day, is clearly not enough to reimburse them for even those cheap masks. And it’s an insult to waste anybody’s time for you to draft up a letter, to send a note about 70 cents. It’s insulting to even use “Hazard pay,” in the same sentence as 78 cents. I’m sorry. DoorDash also launched DashMart. It’s an online convenience store offering household and retail items. On DashSmart, you’ll find thousands of convenience store items, grocery restaurant items, ice cream, chips, cough medicine, dog food, spice rubs and package desserts on restaurants. Grubhub and Postmates. These guys just won’t quit. Portland city council passed a new ordinance, capping fees on food delivery apps at 10%. Postmates and GrubHub are still taking fees up to 30% from local restaurants, even after Portland city council said to cap at 10. Grubhub claims that is not a delivery company, they are a marketing engine. And in response, their public affairs director, Amy Healy, claimed that the company has already adhered to the 10% cap on the fees.
But the company claims that any additional costs were “Marketing fees,” not delivery fees. You guys just don’t know how to stop, man. Uber launches first commuter boat service on the Thames River. Commuters can now sail to work in London, via boat, as part of a fresh collaboration. With departures from 23 piers across London, from Putney to Woolwich. And now for my favorite segment, “What would you do?” The internet is split on how this driver handled this cancellation. Some feel that he antagonized the writer and others feel like the driver had a right to kick the guy out and the writer was out of line. Let me know your thoughts.
Put your mask on man.
You’re supposed to be over there.
You’re supposed to be over there.
You need to be out of my car. I’m not kidding. I’m going to cancel this ride.
Because I don’t like the way you started it.
Why? By saying you’re supposed to be over there?
Yeah. It’s either side man, pick up at. This side has less cars on it.
I don’t understand.
Cancel the ride then.
I will. As soon as you get out.
I don’t want to leave until you do it, because I won’t pay for it.
There you go Danny.
Go ahead, go finished.
Okay. There you go. I don’t want this ride. Get out.
You’re a fucker.
Yes, sir. I am. Wow. That’s a shitty thing to do.
Yeah, I know.
I’m so glad that that’s all on camera.
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