The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #01194

Submission Number:
01194
Commenter:
Roger Wayne
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
My comment is that some of these companies like UBER are abusing workers who are actually employees. Drivers operations and Uber's operations are commingled. Basically Uber takes the money, keeps track of rides, accounts for what we should get paid.. etc etc. if we were contractors, we would do this. - Uber is trying to influence the schedule we work by offering minimums and bonuses for certain days of the week, events, times of the day. - Uber is in complete control of ratings and not revealing crucial information to drivers. - Uber does not reveal the method of calculation, or what drivers acceptance rate is. - Uber completely controls the rate drivers get paid. - Uber does not allow drivers to promote tips. - Uber has control over the car that can be used which can limit drivers profit. - Drivers are performing duties on an ongoing basis, not a specified contract period. - Drivers are providing the most integral part of Uber's business. - Uber promotes that drivers should provide water. - Uber pretty much promotes how the work is done, this is dictated by current the rating system and threat of bad ratings and dismissal. - Drivers opportunity for profit and loss is mostly controlled by Uber setting the rates and not by drivers managerial skills. - Drivers can't set rates which allow for a reasonable profit!!