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Tidbits - May 16, 2019 - Reader Comments: Constitutional Crisis; School Shootings; War with Iran; Remembering Larry Hanley and Dan Clawson; Bernie Sanders; Vieques, Puerto Rico; Chelsea Manning; Eric Hobsbawm; Uber; lots more...

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Reader Comments: Constitutional Crisis; School Shootings - Again; War with Iran; Remembering Larry Hanley and Dan Clawson; Bernie Sanders; Vieques, Puerto Rico; Chelsea Manning - Again; Eric Hobsbawm; Uber; Social Movement Photography; Huge Book Sale

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What the Strike Ahead of Uber's IPO Exposes About American Inequality

Alana Semuels Time
One group who won’t benefit much from Uber’s IPO: its drivers, who numbered 3.9 million at the end of last year. They are likely to see their pay worsen as the company strives to become more profitable while facing public shareholder pressure.

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Uber Wins Big in NLRB SuperShuttle Decision

Alison Griswold Quartz
If SuperShuttle drivers, with all their restrictions and prohibitions, aren’t employees in the eyes of a Republican NLRB, then Uber’s case before that same board is no longer a question mark. It’s a slam dunk.

Rural Communities Don't Use Uber and Lyft

Aditi Shrikant Vox
Transportation experts see Uber and Lyft as the future. But rural communities still don’t use them. Only 19 percent of Americans in rural areas use ride-hailing apps.

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State "Uber" Legislation

Gali Racabi On Labor
State TNC and MC Legislation: Preemption and Employment Status of Drivers

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Grab and Gojek Drivers in Indonesia Push to Unionize

Diatyka Widya Permata Yasih and Andi Rahman Alamsyah TheNewsLens
Motorcycle taxi drivers in Indonesia are protesting for better wages and working conditions, and calling on the government to regulate the app-based ride industry. This activity is encouraging but these gig economy workers face many challenges in trying to build a sustainable union.

Unions and the Gig-Economy: The Case of AirBnB

Steven Tufts Socialist Project
The so-called gig-economy is celebrated, maligned, fetishized, and qualified by analysts. Whether it is called the collaborative, platform, crowd-sourcing, or sharing-economy, the rise of peer-to-peer exchanges does raise important questions for workers. Do emerging ‘sharing-economy’ platforms such as Uber and Airbnb mark a significant shift in production and distribution systems? Are they emancipatory or exploitive?

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There is Life After Uber

Sam Levin The Guardian
After London stripped the service of its license, stories from Austin, Alaska and Denmark offer a preview of what could be next for the city’s transportation.
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