On Tuesday, Los Angeles International Airport debuted its new ride share system, LAX-it. The rollout was anything but smooth.

With hour-plus waits for rides, packed shuttles, confused drivers and angry passengers, Los Angeles World Airports and the Mayor’s Office made the smart call and reached out to us, the drivers, to try to work toward a solution to the Uber and Lyft bottleneck.

Thursday morning, MWA drivers met with LAWA staff and two representatives from Mayor Garcetti’s office to discuss our experiences with the new system (mostly not good!) and to suggest improvements.

There’s no doubt that our powerful demonstration at LAX on October 2nd is what led to us getting the call about this issue. Our movement is growing every day, and with it, our ability to have a say in the decisions that affect us.

That one of the biggest airports in the world and the mayor of one of the biggest cities in the world came to us for help is proof that we are winning!

At the start of the meeting, everyone acknowledged that they should have reached out to drivers beforehand, rather than trust the companies to communicate.

During the meeting, we told these officials firsthand how frustrating the system is for drivers and riders and how this, combined with Uber and Lyft’s lack of concern for their drivers, could lead to big problems down the road.

  • Wait times of an hour or more are unacceptable. That’s time that drivers are working and not getting paid.
  • Packed shuttles and confusing signage create a huge headache for riders and lead to cancelled rides, which is even more time that drivers aren’t earning.
  • Separating lines by app allows Uber and Lyft to price gouge via surges and slow up traffic through the LAX-it pick up area.
  • No curbside pickup is difficult for elderly and disabled passengers.
  • The overall lack of direction sets up drivers to be hit with huge tickets that can wipe out a day’s pay or more.

Additionally, we reached out to our network of more than 10,000 drivers to survey those who had tried the new system and were able to give concrete data on what drivers think works and what doesn’t, as well as firsthand accounts of the first three days of the new system.

The conversation was productive and the airport and city officials were receptive to our ideas. We’re hopeful that some of our suggestions will be put into practice as early as next week!

In addition to asking LAWA to make changes that are fully under their control, we also asked the airport and the city to a) ask the police department to put a hold on ticketing ride share drivers until the new system is worked out and b) to put pressure on the ride share companies not to punish or deactivate drivers for cancellations or other complaints related to LAX-it.

We know that this will be an ongoing process and are excited to announce that we’ve scheduled future meetings with LAWA and the mayor’s office to continue to provide feedback as we refine this new system.

If you haven’t already, please take our survey on the LAX-it program. The more drivers speak out, the better positioned we are to make change. TAKE THE SURVEY

This is a huge victory for every Mobile Workers Alliance driver! Our unity and strength is winning us a seat at the table that the companies can’t ignore.

El martes por la mañana, Uber, Lyft y Doordash anunciaron que lanzarían una campaña de 90 millones de dólares en la boleta electoral para revertir los derechos tan reñidos que ganamos a través de AB5. Esto es normal para estas compañías que en toda su existencia nunca han seguido las reglas.
Uber, Lyft y Doordash son muy claros acerca de quiénes son y qué quieren. Son explotadores que crean pobreza en busca de ganancias. Si bien estas empresas hacen  miles de millones de dólares, los conductores gañan memos del salario mínimo, quedan atrapados en arrendamientos injustos y son desactivafos cada vez que estas empresas lo desean.
Su nueva estrategia, la llamada Ley de Protección de Controladores y Servicios Basados ​​en la Aplicación, les daría la capacidad de escribir sus propias regulaciones en la ley de California. En lugar de respetar la voluntad de nuestros líderes electos que aprobaron y firmaron AB5, quieren gastar su dinero mal obtenido en escribir sus propias reglas.
Como siempre, las compañías están haciendo grandes promesas, pero con muchas condiciones. Echamos un vistazo a su hoja de “hechos” y al lenguaje de la iniciativa en sí y analizamos exactamente por qué esto es un mal negocio para los conductores.

Engaño de la compañía n. ° 1: flexibilidad

Desde que se presentó AB5, Uber y Lyft han estado amenazando con quitarnos la llamada flexibilidad. AB5 no hace nada para cambiar la flexibilidad. Cada vez que un ejecutivo de Silicon Valley o uno de sus portavoces habla de flexibilidad es una amenaza para los conductores. Ellos dicen: “Si se defienden, les quitaremos su flexibilidad”. No hay razón para que los conductores, con estatus de empleados, no puedan continuar trabajando “a pedido” y, de hecho, el concierto. El modelo de negocio de la empresa se basa en este tipo de disponibilidad de controladores para funcionar.

Engaño de la compañía n. ° 2: garantías de salarios y beneficios

Garantía de ganancias
Las compañías dicen que su ley garantizaría que los conductores ganen al menos el 120% del salario mínimo, sin límites.
En el condado de Los Ángeles, el salario mínimo es de $ 14.25 / hora, el 120% de eso es $ 17.10. ¡Deduzca los gastos de $ 17.10 y todavía se le paga por debajo del salario mínimo! Es por eso que hemos estado luchando por al menos $ 30 / hora mínimo. Además, esta “garantía de ganancias” solo se aplica durante el “tiempo que tengan un pasajero “, que no incluye el tiempo de espera para un viaje, e incluye incentivos y otras bonificaciones.
Gastos por milla
Las compañías afirman que su nueva ley proporcionaría 30 centavos por milla para gastos tales como el desgaste de gas y vehículos.
La tasa por milla exigida por el gobierno federal para los empleados es de 58 centavos por milla, por lo que la propuesta de la compañía ya no cumple con la ley vigente. ¡Aún más atrozmente, esta miseria por milla no se aplicaría si alquila su vehículo de la compañía!

Engaño # 3 de la compañía: beneficios y seguro

Pago de salud
La compañía afirma que proporcionará atención médica a los conductores a través de un pago que les permitiría comprar planes ACA y que esto se aplicaría a los conductores que trabajan 15 horas a la semana. Las compañías dicen que los conductores que trabajan 25 horas por semana o más ganarán una cantidad equivalente al 82% de un plan Covered California Bronze.
Un pago no es lo mismo que un seguro de salud proporcionado por el empleador y este modelo pasa todas las partes que inducen dolor de cabeza al encontrar cobertura de atención médica en el conductor. Los pagos también solo están disponibles para los conductores que conducen al menos 15 horas a la semana en un trimestre calendario. Además, al proporcionar solo el 82% de un plan de bronce a los trabajadores a tiempo completo, las compañías siguen obligando a los contribuyentes a subsidiar el 18% de la atención médica costos para sus empleados. Un plan de CA Bronze cubierto solo paga, en promedio, el 60% de sus gastos médicos e incluye un deducible familiar de $ 12,600 y un desembolso máximo familiar de $ 15,600. Esto está lejos de ser una cobertura accesible o completa y es inaceptable para las empresas que aportan cientos de miles de millones de dólares.
Seguro Accidental Ocupacional, Pagos por Incapacidad y Seguro de Muerte Accidental
Las compañías afirman que su ley ampliará las protecciones de seguro para los conductores.
El seguro ocupacional accidental, los pagos por discapacidad y las protecciones del seguro de muerte accidental que ofrecen incluyen el tiempo que un conductor está “en línea” o cuando está “utilizando una aplicación o plataforma habilitada en línea de una empresa de la red y puede recibir solicitudes”. esa cobertura teóricamente se extendería más allá de cuando los pasajeros están en el automóvil. Sin embargo, esos beneficios no se proporcionarán en caso de que ocurra un accidente “mientras está en línea, pero fuera del tiempo comprometido en el que el controlador basado en la aplicación lesionado se encuentra en un tiempo dedicado en una o más plataformas de otras compañías de la red o donde el controlador basado en la aplicación está comprometido en actividades personales “. Esto le permite a la compañía rechazar la cobertura si afirman que estaba realizando actividades personales mientras esperaba recoger a un pasajero.
La póliza de seguro de responsabilidad que prometen ya es requerida por el Artículo 7 de la División 2 del Código de Servicios Públicos.

Engaño de la compañía n. ° 4: Protección contra el acoso y la discriminación

La política antidiscriminatoria de las empresas se deriva directamente de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de Unruh del Estado. Sin embargo, simplemente alteraron el orden de las clases protegidas y excluyen convenientemente lo siguiente como protección contra la discriminación: ciudadanía, idioma principal y estado migratorio.

El mayor engaño de la compañía: los ejecutivos de Uber y Lyft saben lo que es mejor para los conductores

Una y otra vez, Uber, Lyft, Doordash y el resto de las llamadas compañías de conciertos han demostrado que no les importan sus conductores. Nunca lo han hecho y la única razón por la que intentan jugar bien es porque nos defendimos y  ganamos la AB5. Al final del día, el jefe no debería estar tratando de tomar estas decisiones por nosotros. El único camino hacia un modelo de negocio que funcione para todos, incluidos los conductores y los usuarios, es con un sindicato fuerte y liderado por conductores que pueda negociar salarios reales, beneficios y protecciones reales y flexibilidad real. NO FIRME SU PETICIÓN. ¡En cambio, únase a los más de diez mil conductores de Mobile Workers Alliance y luche por un sindicato!

Tuesday morning, Uber, Lyft and Doordash announced that they’d be launching a $90 million ballot measure campaign to roll back the hard fought rights that we won through AB5. This is par for the course for these companies who have spent their entire existence exploiting loopholes to get out of following the rules.

Uber, Lyft and Doordash are very clear about who they are and what they want. They are exploiters who create poverty in pursuit of profit. While these companies bring in billions of dollars, drivers are making less than minimum wage, getting trapped in predatory leases and being disposed of whenever these companies feel like it.

Their newest ploy, the so-called Protect App-Based Drivers and Services Act, would give them the ability to write their own regulations into California law. Rather than respect the will of our elected leaders who passed and signed AB5, they want to spend their ill-gotten money on writing their own rules.

Like always, the companies are making big promises, but with plenty of strings attached. We took a look at their “fact” sheet and the language of the initiative itself and broke down exactly why this is a bad deal for drivers.

Company Deception #1: Flexibility

Ever since AB5 was introduced, Uber and Lyft have been threatening to take away our so-called flexibility. AB5 does nothing to change flexibility. Any time a Silicon Valley exec or one of their mouthpieces talks about flexibility it is a threat to drivers. They’re saying, “If you stand up for yourselves, we’ll take away your flexibility.” There is no reason that drivers, with employee status, could not continue to work “on-demand” and, in fact, the gig company business model relies on this kind of driver availability to function. 

Company Deception #2: Wage & Benefit Guarantees

Earnings Guarantee
The companies say their law would ensure drivers make at least 120% of minimum wage, with no limits. 

In LA County, the minimum wage is $14.25/hr, 120% of that is $17.10. Deduct expenses from $17.10 and you’re still being paid under minimum wage! This is why we’ve been fighting for at least $30/hr minimum. Additionally, this “earnings guarantee” only applies during “engaged time” – which doesn’t include time waiting for a ride – and does include incentives and other bonuses.

Per-Mile Expenses
The companies claim their new law would provide 30 cents per mile for expenses such as gas and vehicle wear and tear.

The federally mandated per-mile rate for employees is 58 cents per mile, so the company proposal already falls short of existing law. Even more egregiously, this per-mile pittance would not apply if you lease your vehicle from the company! 

Company Deception #3: Benefits & Insurance

Healthcare Stipend
The company claims that it will provide healthcare to drivers through a stipend that would allow them to purchase ACA plans and that this would apply to drivers working 15 hours a week. The companies say that drivers who work 25 hours per week or more will earn an amount equivalent to 82% of a Covered California Bronze plan. 

A stipend is not the same as employer-provided health insurance and this model passes all of the headache inducing parts of finding healthcare coverage onto the driver. The stipends are also only available to drivers who drive at least 15 hours a week in a calendar quarter. Furthermore, by providing only 82% of a bronze plan to full time workers, the companies are still forcing taxpayers to subsidize 18% of the healthcare costs for their employees. A Covered CA Bronze plan only pays, on average, 60% of your medical expenses and includes a $12,600 family deductible and $15,600 family out-of-pocket maximum. This is far from affordable or complete coverage and is unacceptable for companies that bring in hundreds of billions of dollars. 

Occupational Accidental Insurance, Disability Payments and Accidental Death Insurance
The companies claim that their law will expand insurance protections for drivers.

The occupational accidental insurance, disability payments, and accidental death insurance protections they’re offering include the time that a driver is “online,” or when they are “utilizing a network company’s online-enabled application or platform and can receive requests,” meaning that coverage would theoretically extend beyond just when passengers are in the car. However, those benefits will not be provided in the event that an accident occurs “while online but outside of engaged time where the injured app-based driver is in engaged time on one or more other network company platforms or where the app-based driver is engaged in personal activities.” This allows the company to refuse coverage if they claim that you were doing personal activities while waiting to pick up a passenger. 

The liability insurance policy they’re promising is already required by Article 7 of Division 2 of the Public Utilities Code

Company Deception #4: Harassment & Discrimination Protection

The companies’ anti-discrimination policy is pulled directly from the State’s Unruh Civil Rights Act. However, they just altered the order of protected classes and conveniently excludes the following as being protected from discrimination: citizenship, primary language, and immigration status.

The Biggest Company Deception: Uber & Lyft Executives Know What’s Best for Drivers

Time and time again, Uber, Lyft, Doordash and the rest of the so-called gig companies have proven that they do not care about their drivers. They never have and the only reason they’re trying to play nice is because we stood up for ourselves and flexed our muscle with AB5. At the end of the day, the boss should not be trying to make these decisions for us. The only way toward a business model that works for everyone – drivers and users included – is with a strong, driver-led union that can negotiate for real living wages, real benefits and protections and real flexibility. DO NOT SIGN THEIR PETITION. Instead, join the more than ten thousand Mobile Workers Alliance drivers and fight for a union! 

The Real Fact Sheet:

You’ve probably already seen the boss’s “fact sheet” about this initiative. We’ve taken the liberty of marking it up to make it more accurate. Please feel free to download and share widely.

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