April 30, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
Los Angeles, CA – The Teamsters' Rome Aloise says the proposed $100 million class action settlement that drivers made with Uber isn't the end of driver efforts to organize for justice on the job with the multi-billion dollar app based taxi service.
Uber controls the conditions of work for the drivers but classifies them as independent contractors instead of as employees.
Aloise says this mis-classification is a huge national problem – not just in California – that shortchanges workers and tax revenues.
[Rome Aloise]: "Mis-classification is a giant problem in this country. And it remains to be seen how that works within this context of the Uber-type companies."
Aloise says the Teamsters are in it for the long haul finding ways to organize Uber and Lyft drivers as well as port truckers who are also misclassified. Aloise says the Uber proposed agreement is likely to be modified before it's final.
[Rome Aloise]: "I believe that there'll be some modifications to it before it's finalized. And I think it opens up an opportunity for these drivers to coalesce into one organization so that they can have one spokesperson instead of fifteen or twenty associations up and down the state. And that can only be better for these drivers to improve their lives, whether as employees or independent operators."