The facts are, that Uber is all a pack of lies . . .
Think what you may, but everything Uber says is based on what they create their data to say. If they want to say that they are paying drivers $19.00 per hour, they push their database to say that, or manipulate the end result with bullshit.
Every job I have ever worked starts from the time you begin to the end of your shift. Uber takes a different path. Uber only counts the time periods in which a driver is involved with a rider to base their hourly calculations. This means that all the time between riders is not part of the calculation. Imagine if police were only paid while making an arrest, firemen when only putting out fires, you when actually doing your primary task. Think of how much time you would not get paid for. Now, do an Uber calculation.
Driver worked 8 hours
Passenger 3.7 hours
Uber Hourly 18.91
True Hourly: $8.75
Now from this $8.75 or $70.00 Uber pulls a rider fee of $1.00 per trip, or $4.00 in this case. Then Uber pulls an additional 20% from the fare as their commission or $14.00 in this case. So now our $70.00 is reduced to $52.00 which for the 8 hour day is: $6.50 per hour. WAIT! It gets better. The driver still has to make his car payment, insurance, tolls, fuel, maintenance, and any other expenses the driver has, and deduct that from his $6.50 per hour. Guess what? There is not enough money left to even do the math. This is the legacy that Uber leaves the nation.
Instead of Uber creating 160,000 functioning jobs with living wages that could provide for a family to live upon, Uber gave us 160,000 jobs that are borderline poverty level. A driver will likely have to drive full-time to cover expenses, never generating a livable income as an occupation itself. So is it Uber’s goal to have 160,000 people out on our streets getting paid scraps while the driver is burdened with all the liabilities? Probably, Uber makes more money the more rides taken. Uber would just as soon see 1000 $5.00 rides than anything else. A $5.00 ride is relatively quick and drivers can make multiple $5.00 trips per hour. Keep in mind the $1.00 rider fee. For each trip a driver takes, a $1.00 rider fee is taken. Before this last weekend Uber was collecting 2 million dollars per day on rider fees alone. That probably increased 2 or 3 times this weekend. And, this does not include the 20% commission Uber also collects from the drivers.
Uber may have proven themselves a success as a business model for generation of profit, but proved itself a negative impact on the US economy for failing to provide real incomes for their drivers. All Uber has really done is prove that a bunch of jerks with money can get away with screwing scores of people, disrupting industry, and violating any laws they see fit. But, we knew this well before Uber came along. If ever the drivers were to stand together against Uber it might be an awesome event. Can you imagine the impact of 160,000 workers nation wide making their opinion known?