Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Link to the text of California AB-5 Worker Status

Follow this link to read the text of AB-5

California approves bill that will turn gig workers into employees

Attention Uber and Lyft Drivers in California. 
Please call the office of Governor Newsom to support or oppose this passage. The bill will end up on his desk for signing but he needs to hear from us to weigh in his decision.

Call, FAX or write: 

Governor Gavin Newsom
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
California approves bill that will turn gig workers into employees

California lawmakers have passed a bill that would provide new wage and benefit protections to workers at so-called gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft. Such app-based businesses, worth tens of billions of dollars, have vowed to fight the measure.
The 29-11 vote late Tuesday sends the bill back to the state Assembly for final approval over strident Republican opposition. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he supports it. About 400,000 Californians who work for app-based companies could be impacted by the measure, according to the Los Angeles Times. 
Assembly Bill 5, also called AB5, has drawn staunch opposition from on-demand delivery and ridesharing companies while winning support from many of the Democratic presidential contenders. Gig economy work has been blamed by some economists and labor activists for increasingly precarious work conditions for on-demand workers, who lack protections received by full-time workers such as paid sick time, unemployment and disability insurance and retirement benefits.

At the same time, gig-economy work has proved lucrative for employers, who can save as much as 20% of their costs by shifting to contract workers, as 
noted by a 2016 UCLA paper.
The California Labor Union said the bill's passage sets "the standard for the rest of the country to follow."
"The misclassification of workers creates a corrosive effect that ripples through our entire economy, undermining our laws to protect and support working people," California Labor Union chief officer Art Pulaski wrote in a Wednesday blog post. "AB 5 is a powerful counter to the corporate greed and rampant exploitation that's driving inequality across our state in emerging and traditional industries, alike.

AB5 puts into law a California Supreme Court decision making it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors. The bill would make those companies classify their workers as employees instead.
Last month, Uber and other app-based businesses that rely on gig workers said they would spend $90 million on a ballot initiative that would exempt them from AB5, if it becomes law.
While the bill's impact on gig economy companies has drawn most of the attention, it would affect a wide array of industries.
Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing drivers went on strike before Uber's IPO in May, demanding, among other things, a more equitable pay structure. The labor action came after Uber shifted its pay structure to shift from compensation based on a percentage of the fare to paying on a per-minute and per-mile formula. Uber had also cut compensation for drivers in Los Angeles from 80 cents a mile to 60 cents.

Monday, March 11, 2019

LA Uber Drivers Rate Change

Today, Uber sent out a notification that they are changing the rate of pay for drivers.

Basically, Uber increased the rate per minute and the minimum fare, but decreased the rate per mile. This will only affect Uber X and Uber Pool rides.

One important thing to know, as I have compared notes with some of my fellow driver is that some drivers are getting paid more per mile and minute. This may have something to do with how many rides they have given in the past. Uber has not offered any explanation to this.

If driver are going after bonuses, Uber has opened up more flexible options with Quest. So part time drivers might be able to take advantage of the challenges.

I did spread sheet comparison of Lyft vs. Uber rates and in Los Angeles driver still make more with LYFT.  Using my rate of pay I discovered that a 10 minute 10 mile ride with Lyft paid $1.20 more than Uber.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Picking Up at Airports, Stations and Cruise Line Terminals

Many drivers just take off when they get a ride request, expecting that the passenger (pax) is ready. If you are caught waiting for your pax you might find yourself in trouble with the law enforcement officers in that area. Here are some tips to help things go smoothly.

Warning: The following may result in higher tips!

1: Familiarize yourself with the rules of the area you are working in. Some airports have staging areas set up for drivers to wait for rides. Many airports have designated areas for pick ups and drop offs. The rules may be posted online on a website for that particular depot.

2: When you get a ride request always call the pax to ensure they are ready for pick up at the proper place.

3: While on the phone remind the pax of what kind of car you are in and give them an estimate time of arrival.

4: While on the phone with the pax ask for the destination. Tell them if they do not see you that you will step out of the car and yell out their name and destination.

5: Open the trunk of your vehicle and assist them with bags. If you have a cargo net beware of bag zippers and casters snagging the cargo net. If you have a bad back pull down the cargo net for them while they load the bags in.

6: When you get to the destination always step out of the car, open the trunk and assist with the removal of the bags. If you have a backpack in the trunk this will prevent it from accidentally getting taken by your weary pax.

7 Always thank your guests. I usually say, "Thank you for flying LYFT or Uber."

LYFT APP at Long Beach Airport

This just in...

Lyft app is telling drivers in staging lot to drive to airport. If the Airport Police see you waiting at the pick up area without a ride request you may be cited.

Stay put and wait for your request before driving to outer curb.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Keeping High Ratings and Earning More $

From this ride share driver's perspective:
This is my LYFT performance review for this week. My wife drives the same car, which we clean before every shift. I always get clean car kudos and she gets poor ratings for this.
What is the difference?
She picks up what I call street urchins. Short rides to work, lunch or the bar along with a few rides to airports or theme parks. Street urchins never tip their drivers and are very critical about "their own private limo," which they share with dozens of others like them.
I solely work Long Beach Airport, Carnival Cruise and LAX.
Weary travelers appreciate the service, request long rides, are CLEAN, rarely mess up the back seat and most importantly few are shit faced drunk.
I pick up my guest, and stop ride requests by going off line after the ride. This gives me time to look in the back seat and shake off the carpets in case they got dirty.
Waiting for the phone call from my wife in tears because some street urchin gave her a bad review.

Am I a snob in your eyes? You bet your ass I am!
This is my business, which I take seriously and if you are going to rate me poorly I am taking it to where people appreciate the service.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Drivers Rate Passengers Too

Attention LYFT passengers.

Not sure if you know this but LYFT allows drivers to rate you days after the ride.
Ride Share does not mean YOUR OWN PRIVATE LIMO. You share our family cars with dozens of other people. Drivers get requests for pick ups before we drop you off so in a rush it is not always possible to check for a messy back seat.
So, if you alert your driver that the passenger before you left a messy backs seat we can do something about it.
If you anonymously do it thru the app with a low rating we have no other recourse than to give all our passengers that day ONE STAR for messing up our cars.