Hillary Clinton Makes Plans to Pressure Companies Such As Uber to Employ instead of Contracting

Contracting provides a heavily available flexibility that the millennial age is very strongly lured towards. I can and have often discussed the appeal of the sharing economy. However the negatives are concerning for one of our possible future presidents.

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Clinton has made many statements lately regarding her plans to pursue presidency, and her comments on Silicon Valley’s economic fad that encourages people to contract instead of being employed makes her question the beneficial value to the middle class model. In order for middle class families to thrive they need support from their employers that values them and provides benefits including insurance, PTO, and a sense of security. Life isn’t predicable and neither are the emergencies many employees must face unexpectedly.


So why does Uber still fight the employer/employee model? Uber’s lawyer Gibson Dunn Ted Boutrous Jr. made the statement last week, “We have driver after driver explaining their unique circumstances, why freedom and autonomy are so important to them in their own words, in sworn testimony. All of that goes right to the heart of our argument why this can’t be a class because for there to be a class everyone must be similarly situated, they must have suffered the same injuries, allegedly. That is the opposite of what we have here.” Which suggests that the middle class model wouldn’t fit Uber’s employees because they aren’t all of the same class.

Uber continues to file appeal after appeal in both the U.S. and recently France in order to keep their model, often stating that the idea of being their own boss is what’s appealing about the company and it’s what most drivers want.

However, many argue that the contractor model Uber is using, strips some really important rights that workers require, and now Clinton would like Uber to know, the economy requires it as well in order to re-establish the middle class and begin to close the wealth gap.

Source | TechCrunch