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Drivers Tell Uber to Stop Stonewalling Unemployment Benefits
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Drivers Tell Uber to Stop Stonewalling Unemployment Benefits

NEW YORK, N.Y.—More than 1,350 people have signed a petition demanding that Uber “stop lying” to drivers and start giving the state Department of Labor the pay information necessary for them to collect unemployment-compensation benefits. The company sent drivers an email Mar. 29 telling them that they were not eligible for regular unemployment benefits and…

Empty Cabs Force Drivers to Push for Wider Employment Benefits, Revised Pay
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Empty Cabs Force Drivers to Push for Wider Employment Benefits, Revised Pay

NEW YORK, N.Y.—A veteran cabbie might say, “there’s no money out there.” With millions of city residents staying in and tourists’ travel curtailed by the coronavirus epidemic, taxi drivers’ incomes have collapsed, from yellow-cab owners to Uber and Lyft drivers. And as drivers are generally considered independent contractors, they don’t have most of the safety-net…

House Bill Aims to Help NYC Cabbies Survive Underwater Medallion Loans
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House Bill Aims to Help NYC Cabbies Survive Underwater Medallion Loans

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Representative Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) introduced a bill January 16, to exempt debt relief for taxi drivers from federal taxes. The measure, cosponsored by all of the city’s House members plus Long Island Republican Peter King, is a second front in the struggle to win relief for yellow-cab owner-drivers who owe hundreds of thousands…

New Jersey Rules Uber Drivers Are Employees
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New Jersey Rules Uber Drivers Are Employees

TRENTON, N.J.—The New Jersey Department of Labor has assessed Uber for almost $650 million for failing to pay unemployment and disability taxes for its drivers. The department charged that Uber evaded $523 million in taxes over the past four years by misclassifying its drivers as independent contractors instead of employees, according to letters sent to…

Will New York Follow California In Confronting the Misclassification of App-based Workers?
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Will New York Follow California In Confronting the Misclassification of App-based Workers?

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Should New York follow California and enact legislation limiting when employers can hire workers as “independent contractors”? The answer is “very simple,” New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento told a 4½-hour state Senate hearing in Lower Manhattan Oct. 16. Workers “should be considered employees” and have all the rights and protections that…

Is the Gig Up for Uber, et al? California Produces Landmark Legislation
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Is the Gig Up for Uber, et al? California Produces Landmark Legislation

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Legislature has approved a landmark measure that would prohibit hiring workers as “independent contractors” unless their employers can prove they are legitimately independent businesspeople.  Assembly Bill 5, passed on Sept. 11 by 61-16, is intended to ensure that “workers who are currently exploited by being misclassified as independent contractors instead of recognized as…

Keep The Cap? TLC To Hold Hearings As Struggling Drivers Remain In Crisis
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Keep The Cap? TLC To Hold Hearings As Struggling Drivers Remain In Crisis

New York, NY – Lal Singh, a 63-year-old diabetic cab driver from Hicksville, Long Island recently returned to work after spending two weeks recuperating from a serious foot infection. Both Singh’s doctor and family thought he needed more rest and objected to his return. But as Singh told LaborPress last week, “I had to pay…

After Medallion Loan-Fraud Exposé, NYWA Calls On City To Help Drivers
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After Medallion Loan-Fraud Exposé, NYWA Calls On City To Help Drivers

NEW YORK, N.Y.—The New York Times’ exposé of massive fraud and predatory loan practices in the taxi-medallion business didn’t shock the union representing yellow-cab drivers. “We’ve been sounding the alarm on the crisis of suicides, foreclosures, and bankruptcies among our city’s professional drivers for years,” New York Taxi Workers Alliance executive director Bhairavi Desai said in a…

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