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  • Uber Announces More Layoffs for Non-"Core" Departments
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    Uber Announces More Layoffs for Non-“Core” Departments

    Uber CEO Dara KhosrowshahiPhoto: Getty Even under normal economic conditions, labor arbitrage racket and venture capitalist money pit Uber barely made sense; during an economically devastating global pandemic, the company looks to be flailing. With 3,000 additional layoffs today, on top of the 3,700-person culling that took place May 6, Uber has now cut a […] More

  • It Wasn’t So Hard Getting Tesla’s Factory Reopened After All
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    It Wasn’t So Hard Getting Tesla’s Factory Reopened After All

    Photo: AP Images The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn’t your time more important? Tesla is close to a (calm) factory reopening, the U.S. auto industry now waits on our trade partners, we may have a good use for old car batteries, and much much more in The Morning Shift […] More

  • Rocket-Powered Tesla Roadster Delayed For Bulletproof Cybertruck
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    Rocket-Powered Tesla Roadster Delayed For Bulletproof Cybertruck

    Screenshot: Tesla The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn’t your time more important? Tesla delays its sports car for the Cybertruck, everybody is back in business in Michigan May 18, Uber is hitting some negative firsts, and more in The Morning Shift for Friday, May 8, 2020. 1st Gear: No […] More

  • California Sues Uber and Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees
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    California Sues Uber and Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees

    The state of California and three of its biggest cities sued Uber and Lyft Tuesday for misclassifying hundreds of thousands of drivers as independent contractors, in violation of a new state law. The suit argues that drivers are company employees, entitled to minimum and overtime wages, paid sick leave, health benefits, and access to social […] More

  • Uber Will Require Drivers and Riders to Wear Face Masks
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    Uber Will Require Drivers and Riders to Wear Face Masks

    Uber will require drivers and riders to wear face masks or face coverings in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Photo: Leon Neal (Getty Images) Uber will require that drivers and riders wear face masks or face coverings when using the platform in certain countries, including the U.S. The requirement is part of a new policy that […] More

  • Gig Work Relief, Auto Care, and More Car News This Week
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    Gig Work Relief, Auto Care, and More Car News This Week

    WIRED is usually about solutions, which has been hard in the past few weeks as Covid-19 continued its deadly trek across the world. For a while there, it felt like the biggest questions were: What is going on? And when will it end? This week, the tech and science folk we usually lean on for […] More

  • Gig Workers' New Unemployment Benefits Won't Come Quickly
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    Gig Workers’ New Unemployment Benefits Won’t Come Quickly

    Yash Bazian estimates it took him three or four hours to apply for unemployment insurance—far longer than if he had pay stubs from an employer. But Bazian drives full-time for Uber and Lyft in California—when the Covid-19 pandemic isn’t scaring away riders and making him nervous about his own safety behind the wheel. Those companies […] More

  • The Covid-19 Pandemic Aggravates Disputes Around Gig Work
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    The Covid-19 Pandemic Aggravates Disputes Around Gig Work

    The rapidly spreading novel coronavirus is supercharging a debate about the treatment of gig workers. The relief bill signed Friday by President Trump will provide a short-term lifeline. But some workers for companies such as Uber, Lyft, Postmates, Instacart, and Amazon worry the help won’t come soon enough. Today, many gig workers are considered independent […] More

  • Two Fiat Chrysler Plant Workers Who Had Coronavirus Are Dead
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    Two Fiat Chrysler Plant Workers Who Had Coronavirus Are Dead

    The Sterling Heights Assembly Plant photographed in 2014.Photo: Getty Images The Morning ShiftAll your daily car news in one convenient place. Isn’t your time more important? Fiat Chrysler has been getting rich over the past few years, with booming truck and SUV sales, as my coworker David Tracy pointed out earlier this morning. What good […] More

  • Plant Shutdowns, Vital Truckers, and More Car News This Week
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    Plant Shutdowns, Vital Truckers, and More Car News This Week

    Wow, it’s been a week. Thanks to the novel coronavirus, most US automotive factory workers aren’t working right now, including, beginning Monday morning, those at Tesla. Airport staff are seeing way, way fewer airplanes take off and land. Truck drivers are hauling supplies every which way as the country weathers the mother of all supply […] More

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