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Posted by The New York Times on Tuesday, January 22, 2021 12:26:05Uber drivers are making more money than ever, but they’re also paying less, and that’s bad news for workers and the environment.
Uber has been embroiled in a federal investigation into labor violations at its Chicago-based operations, which include the operation of its UberX service, which carries the same number of drivers as its rivals.
The company has said that the probe is unrelated to the national unrest and protests over police killings in the United States and the deaths of four African Americans at the hands of police in Missouri.
However, the company is also being sued by workers and drivers who allege they were paid less than minimum wage for the hours they worked.
In an email, Uber spokesperson John Kelly said, “Uber drivers make more than a billion dollars in annual revenue and are a core part of the company’s workforce.”
Uber has long maintained that it’s a safe and profitable operation and that its drivers are the primary earners for its operations.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed a lawsuit against Uber last year alleging that its policies and practices violate federal labor laws.
Uber claims that it was not a party to the NLRB lawsuit, and a spokesperson told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the company would not comment further.
According to the company, drivers earn a base salary of $7.50 an hour and $10 an hour for the first 30 hours worked.
Uber drivers can also earn up to $12 an hour during peak hours and $15 an hour at non-peak hours.
However in an email to the AP, Uber claimed that it pays its drivers “in a manner that is based on merit and fair market value.”
Uber also claimed that its workers have the right to form and join unions, as well as to organize and bargain collectively for better wages.
In an email sent to the Associated New York News, Uber said, “[T]he law and its enforcement are in our hands.
We are the ones to determine who is truly owed the money and what is fair.
[We] will vigorously defend this decision in court.””
We are committed to making the Uber experience as safe and comfortable for all of our drivers as possible and we believe this investigation is an attack on the very integrity of our workers,” the company said in the email.”
We look forward to the day when we can all come together as one.”