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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi proposes ‘benefits funds’ for gig workers

Updated: Jan 12

https://www.therideshareco.com/post/_uberOn Monday in an op-ed published in The New York Times, the CEO of Uber Dara Khosrowshahi proposed that lawmakers require gig economy companies to create "benefits funds" that would "give workers cash that they can use for the benefits they want, like health insurance or paid time off." 

"Our current employment system is outdated and unfair. It forces every worker to choose between being an employee with more benefits but less flexibility, or an independent contractor with more flexibility but almost no safety net," wrote Khosrowshahi. "It's time to move beyond this false choice." 

Khosrowshahi also went on to say making drivers employees would hurt drivers more than help.

"Rides would be more expensive, which would significantly reduce the number of rides people could take and, in turn, the number of drivers needed to provide those trips. Uber would not be as widely available to riders, and drivers would lose the flexibility they have today if they became employees.",

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