Coronavirus hits hard, unions may be the answer, and Ex-Uber engineer goes bankrupt. LegalRideshare breaks it down.
While the coronavirus impacts the world, it hits even harder for drivers, who struggle to take off work. New York Times reports:
For many workers, being sick means choosing between staying home and getting paid. One-quarter of workers have no access to paid sick days, according to Labor Department data: two-thirds of the lowest earners but just 6 percent of the highest earners. Just a handful of states and local governments have passed sick leave laws.
The future of gig work may be….unions? That’s at least what Tech Crunch has reported:
Behind the scenes, an idea for an alternative approach has been picking up steam. Called the Cooperative Economy Act (CEA), the draft legislation is designed to accomplish much of what AB 5 aims to achieve, such as worker protections and benefits. But it also brings unions and co-ops into the mix, which means workers would have a literal stake in the profits created by their labor.
As news about the coronavirus spread, Uber and Lyft finally issued warnings to drivers, but LegalRideshare decided it didn’t go far enough. CNET interviewed Bryant Greening about our latest initiative: pay drivers to stay off the road:
LegalRideshare, a personal-injury law firm in Chicago that represents drivers and passengers, has offered local Uber and Lyft drivers with either the flu or coronavirus up to seven consecutive days of paid time off during the month of March. The drivers must have a signed diagnosis and quarantine notice from a medical doctor, along with other documentation to prove they’re drivers.
WGN Radio also interviewed Bryant about the “Sick Day” program:
As spring rapidly approaches, Chicago is going to see Divvy expanding on the South Side. Chicago Tribune Reports:
Bike lanes will be constructed along Loomis from Marquette Avenue to about 98th Street, and on 81st Street from Damen to Vincennes avenues. There also will be new lanes along portions of 111th, 115th and 124th streets, and on South Michigan and Indiana avenues.
More bad news surrounding the Waymo v. Uber lawsuit. The Ex-Uber engineer who handed over trade / tech secrets was ordered Wednesday to pay $179 million. Hours after Google was awarded the $179 million, the engineer applied for bankruptcy. CNET reported:
Google, however, also sued Levandowski individually in arbitration. In December, a panel for the case agreed to fine Levandowski the $179 million. The award, which was first reported by Reuters, was approved by a San Francisco Superior Court judge and finalized on Wednesday. The details of the award were confidential.