“Poverty is not a lack of character. It’s a lack of cash.”

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

Lyft recently announced the opening of a new center for drivers, in Las Vegas (it says this is their sixth, anyone know where the first five are?). Ride-sharing organizers, start your engines!

Project Equity is working to transform businesses owned by retiring baby boomers into worker-owned coops.

“Poverty is not a lack of character. It’s a lack of cash.” Dutch historian claims that Universal Basic Income would only cost the US $175B (or a third of the national defense budget). Defend our people, support UBI?

The City of Portland is subpoenaing Uber’s “playbook,” that the company used to circumnavigate regulations when they were not allowed to operate legally.

Reputation, reputation, reputation

If you haven’t deleted your Uber account yet, it’s now going to be easier to see your rating as a passenger. Uber hopes this means you’ll be nicer to drivers when rating them—but why don’t they just stop kicking people off the app if their rating drops to 4?

I guess the lesson of this story is, if you’re planning to murder your wife, you might want to take her Fitbit off first.

What’s Going on in the Workforce

Lots of us hailed Juno when it launched as a pro-driver ride-sharing platform. Sadly, they just sold out—and sold out their drivers at the same time.

Uber is offering paid sick leave! But only in the UK, where it’s apparently called “sickness cover.” And surprise, surprise—it will cost drivers money.

Instacart just announced a national expansion, including letting customers in some new markets get a year’s worth of access to Instacart Express for free.

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