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Uber drivers strike

It would seem that Uber drivers among others supposedly went on strike today.

They are seeking a $15 per hour minimum wage. Strange, they seem to want both independent contractor and employee status all at the same time.

Do you think they are employees?

Do you think they should get $15 per hour (as a special case since they aren't asking for a complete raise in the Federal min wage?

http://money.cnn.com/2016/11/28/technology/uber-drivers-minimum-wage-protest/index.html

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Adam Greco
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: NA
(Accounting Manager, NA) |

The drivers of Uber are as much employees of the service as the people using the app for ride sharing. It's a model where there is very little barrier to entry, very few restrictions, and one where users can also be drivers. It's hard to argue that Uber drivers are employees of the company (they aren't) and that they deserve $15 per hour as a part of a "union" strike. Part of the reason this model is so affordable for end-users is the low cost of supporting drivers by simply providing them with the tools to communicate and navigate with people looking to catch a ride.

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