Tag: Lyft Inc

Is It Time to Delete Uber?

ImageCredit…Illustration by Nicholas Konrad; photographs by Mike Cohen for The New York Times, Hasan Jamali/Associated Press, Sergio Moraes/Reuters This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. When wounded by the bitter sting of judgment, who among us, at one time or another, has not […]

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Wall Street Skeptics Poke at Start-Up Bubble

This was supposed to be the year when America’s biggest start-ups would finally make their triumphant debut on the stock market. Billionaire Silicon Valley investors, sneaker-clad founders and button-down bankers all expected enormous stock sales to turn companies like Uber, Lyft and WeWork into a new generation of corporate giants. It hasn’t quite turned out […]

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Uber Drivers Just Want to Be Free

Drivers are at the heart of the ride-share business. They’re also at the heart of the debate over a bill approved by California’s legislature, AB5, which aims to solidify gig workers’ legal status as employees. Uber and Lyft have always classified drivers as independent contractors. But many lawsuits over the years, by drivers and others, […]

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Counter Service Tipping: Who Gives?

It was 2015 when I first began to grapple with tipping when ordering at a counter-service restaurant. I had ordered a fried chicken sandwich at Pine State Biscuits in Portland, Ore., and a friend chided me for not tacking on a gratuity to my credit card payment. I hadn’t even considered it. “They’re working hard […]

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Take That ‘Gig’ and Shove It

Corporate America has made a lot of money by treating millions of workers as independent contractors, denying them basic legal protections enjoyed by employees. California is now on the verge of taking an important step to curb that sham. The State Assembly passed a bill Wednesday that imposes strict limits on who can be classified […]

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California Labor Bill, Near Passage, Is Blow to Uber and Lyft

SACRAMENTO — A pack of Teamsters fanned out through California’s Capitol building last week, marching into legislators’ offices and pressing them to pass a bill that would force Uber and Lyft to treat their drivers as employees. The measure, Assembly Bill 5, would entitle gig workers to protections like a minimum wage and unemployment benefits. […]

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Welcome to San Diego. Don’t Mind the Scooters.

SAN DIEGO — The first thing you notice in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter is not the brick sidewalks, the rows of bars and the roving gaggles of bachelorette parties and conferencegoers, or even the actual gas lamps. It’s the electric rental scooters. Hundreds are scattered around the sidewalks, clustered in newly painted corrals on […]

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Uber Has a Plan to Treat Drivers Better. If Only We Could Trust It.

Should Uber be kneecapped for its long history of flouting the law, or can it possibly be reformed? Or am I a credulous dolt for even suggesting redemption for one of the sorriest companies ever to emerge from Silicon Valley’s tortured hothouse? Those are some of the questions dancing around my head after reading “Super […]

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As Grass-Roots Labor Activism Rises, Will Unions Take Advantage?

LOS ANGELES — When a group of workers at the video-game maker Riot Games staged a three-hour walkout in May over the company’s handling of sex discrimination accusations, they had help from a labor organizer named Emma Kinema. Ms. Kinema doesn’t work for a union, but she is part of a grass-roots wave of labor […]

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How Uber Got Lost

This article is adapted from the book “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber,” by Mike Isaac, a reporter for The New York Times. The book will be published by W.W. Norton & Co. on Sept. 3. “From the beginning,” the blog post began, “we’ve always been committed to connecting you with the safest rides on […]

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Older People Need Rides. Why Aren’t They Using Uber and Lyft?

Martin Gerstell treasures his Thursday morning volunteer stint at the National Gallery of Art, where he fields questions at the main information desk. He patiently responds when visitors ask about the current exhibits, whether the paintings are real, where the bathrooms are. Usually, fellow volunteers give him a ride from his assisted living residence in […]

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WeWork Takes Key Step Toward I.P.O., Citing Heady Growth and Huge Losses

WeWork, a real estate firm that leases shared office space, on Wednesday officially set in motion the process of becoming a publicly traded company by filing a financial prospectus with regulators. The offering by the company, which is led by a brash Israeli entrepreneur and backed by money from Saudi Arabia, will be a major […]

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Uber Posts $5.2 Billion Loss and Slowest Ever Growth Rate

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber set two dubious quarterly records on Thursday as it reported its results: its largest-ever loss, exceeding $5 billion, and its slowest-ever revenue growth. The double whammy immediately renewed questions about the prospects for the company, the world’s biggest ride-hailing business. Uber has been dogged by concerns about sluggish sales and whether […]

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Uber Wants to Sell You Train Tickets. And Be Your Bus Service, Too.

DENVER — When Julia Ellis arrives at a train station in a Denver suburb to go to work, she opens her Uber app. Next to the ride-hailing options, she taps a train icon marked “Transit.” The click buys her a ticket for Denver’s public transit system, the Regional Transportation District. Ms. Ellis said she had […]

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6 Years Later, Citi Bike Comes to the Bronx. (What Took So Long?)

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Citi Bike, New York City’s bike-share program, arrived six years ago and has become increasingly popular, helping make cycling an important piece of the transportation network. New Yorkers and tourists now take more than 70,000 Citi Bike rides per […]

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Debate Over Uber and Lyft Drivers’ Rights in California Has Split Labor

California’s labor movement recently seemed on the verge of a new era for worker rights. A state court ruled that workers in the gig economy should have many of the protections of employment, like a minimum wage and overtime pay. And the State Assembly passed a bill codifying that ruling and adding more protections. But […]

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How Uber Hopes to Profit From Public Transit

The ride-hailing corporation Uber reported its first-quarter earnings on Thursday, and billions in losses continue to mount. After the company’s disappointing I.P.O., and the similarly lukewarm debut of its nearest rival, Lyft, it’s increasingly clear both will have to expand their business models to something that might actually turn a profit. One of their strategies […]

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Ex-Lyft and Uber Driver in Virginia Was Responsible for Torture in Somalia in ’80s, Jury Finds

In the summer of 2017, dozens of Lyft passengers in Northern Virginia were sent a driver named Yusuf Abdi Ali. He had a high rating on the ride-hailing app, and had made at least 76 trips as a Lyft driver until last September, the company said. But Mr. Ali, who also drove for Uber, had […]

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