The Drive for Equality: Uber’s Misguided CEO Search

Uber, the popular ride-sharing app, has been having a rough year so far. In January, over 200,000 Uber customers deleted the app after drivers tried to do business at JFK airport during a New York Taxi Workers Alliance strike. On Saturday, January 28th, the drivers’ labor union called for all taxi drivers to avoid JFK airport in response to President Trump’s executive order barring travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US. February saw allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination within Uber. In June, the company announced they had fired over 20 employees as a result of their Continue reading The Drive for Equality: Uber’s Misguided CEO Search

Tipping in an Uber? It Might Just Happen

Have you ever felt like you should be tipping your driver, but don’t have any cash? Well, your problem could be solved in the near future (at least in NYC). The Independent Drivers Guild (the group that represents Uber drivers) presented the petition to add a tipping option for Uber customers and received over 11,000 signatures on it. The general argument is that the drivers are losing thousands of dollars because there is not a tipping option that is accessible electronically, only cash. Many passengers do not pay with cash so most drivers don’t receive tips. In contrast, NYC taxi Continue reading Tipping in an Uber? It Might Just Happen

Uber’s Surge Pricing: Is it Ethical?

Uber has been popping up in the news quite a bit recently, not really for anything good either. They were criticized heavily when they stayed active (only shutting down the surge pricing) right after the Muslim ban was announced, despite the fact that taxi drivers around the JFK airport protested doing any driving in effort to show their disagreement with the ban. Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick made a statement condemning the ban right after and removed himself from Trump’s economic advisory council due to heavy pressure. Kalanick’s statement can be seen below. “I also let him know that I would not be able Continue reading Uber’s Surge Pricing: Is it Ethical?