Uber CEO asks President Trump to include gig workers in coronavirus stimulus package

Updated: Jan 25

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a letter to President Trump, asked lawmakers to include drivers and delivery workers in the coronavirus stimulus package that the government is currently negotiating. He also asked that Republicans and Democrats pass new legislation that would allow contractors to access more public benefits without having to classifying them as employees.

"My goal in writing to you is not to ask for a bailout for Uber, but rather for support for independent workers, and once we move past the immediate crisis the opportunity to legally provide them with a real safety net going forward," Ubers CEO sain in the letter.

If added to the package this could greatly help drivers who have seen decrease in rides by 60 to 70 percent in some cities.

In the second part of Khosrowshahi letter, he asks the government to provide more protections to contractors. "Put simply, our laws should protect all workers not just one type of work," he writes. "I urge you to act quickly to provide protections for independent workers, and in your ongoing efforts to consider legislative action on a "third way" that would update our labor laws to remove the forced choice between flexibility and protection for millions of American workers."



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