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Sat Aug 25, 2018, 07:23 AM

Why to NOT recommend Lyft

A lot of liberals are big on Lyft offering rides to vote.
Do what you think is right, but bear in mind:
Lyft and Uber and other stars of the "Gig economy" are anti-union, no benefits, no retirement, no autonomy for workers.
They want all the workforce to be like mcdonald's and walmart.
Is that really what you support?

see also:
https://www.recode.net/2016/10/26/13349498/gig-economy-profits-workers-desperate-services-labor

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2018, 07:33 AM

1. Getting voters to the polls? You bet.

 

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2018, 07:33 AM

2. To me there is a huge disconnect

between people who voted for or support a $15 minimum wage, yet also support or use the gig economy. It makes no sense!!

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2018, 07:33 AM

3. As a Union Member for over thirty years

I can say without reservation that I could not care less how people get to the polls.

Knowing that the Democrat that they elect will support core Democratic principles over the Republican is enough for me to make an exception when it comes to getting to the voting booth.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2018, 07:44 AM

4. Imagine a balance like that carried by Lady Justice

On one side is the fight for economic justice - a noble cause to be sure. On the other side is assurance that everyone who wants to vote has transportation. Without the vote, everything else is reduced to futile gestures. In that context, the argument for boycotting free transportation to the polls appears a bit...light.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2018, 07:51 AM

5. I understand your point.

But, I hope you aren't suggesting that people that couldn't otherwise get to the polls should not use Lyft.

We need as many people to get to the polls as possible, regardless of how they get there.

We have to deal with the world we live in...not the one we wish we did.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2018, 07:52 AM

6. Are we sure that Uber and Lyft drivers do worse than taxi cab drivers?

Here's an article that says taxi drivers (even though unionized) don't make as much as Uber drivers do.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2014/05/27/ubers-remarkable-growth-could-end-the-era-of-poorly-paid-cab-drivers/?utm_term=.9c8db89a9f81

I've driven in Lyft several times, and none of the drivers were doing it fulltime, but to supplement their other fulltime jobs.

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Response to mainer (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 25, 2018, 08:09 AM

8. My brother could pay his bills and had medical insurance for his family when he drove a taxi.

He does both Uber and Lyft now. He has no medical insurance and had to move his family in with his daughter and her husband.

I know that is anecdotal, but I have never talked to a happy Uber or Lyft driver. My son used both up until they charged his card $100 randomly for a cleaning fee and overdrew his account. The driver sent photos of an imaginary stain and he got his money back....ten days later.

Shady, unregulated business is bullshit.

Edit: However, I fully support people using Uber or Lyft to go vote.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2018, 08:02 AM

7. What would you recommend as an alternative? I live in a community where taxis refuse to service

the burbs. One more than a few occasions Iíve driven friends, clients, or neighbors to their destination because cabs requested were either not dispatched or the driver ignored the order!

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2018, 08:30 AM

9. free or discounted rides to the polls? They should be commended for that.

I will continue to use both. I want to know ahead of time what my cost will be.

Plus, I often get a bottle of water, some tour-guide help, a clean auto.

and yes, I do tip the drivers.

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