Today we have asked for approval from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to settle a lawsuit brought by the local chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. As part of this settlement, we have agreed to take steps to make clear to drivers using Uber that they are obligated […]
Today, I’m excited to announce that Arianna Huffington will join Uber’s board. For those of us who know Arianna, it’s clear she knows a thing or two about being an entrepreneur. As the founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, she’s built one of the most successful, innovative media companies in the world… from scratch. […]
Today we announced a settlement in two important class-action lawsuits: O’Connor (California) and Yucesoy (Massachusetts). The key issue at stake in both cases is whether drivers using the Uber app should be classified as independent contractors or employees. Drivers value their independence—the freedom to push a button rather than punch a clock, to use Uber and Lyft simultaneously, to drive most of the week or for just a few hours. That’s why we are so pleased that this settlement recognizes that drivers should remain as independent contractors, not employees. That said, as Uber has grown—over 450,000 drivers use the app each month here in the U.S.—we haven’t always done a good job working with drivers. For example, we don’t have a policy explaining when and how we bar drivers from using the app, or a process to appeal these decisions. At our size that’s not good enough. It’s time to change.
While the unemployment rate in the U.S. is now below 5%, most people who are deaf or hard of hearing still struggle to find work. Unemployment and underemployment among the deaf and hard of hearing is around 70%. Here at Uber, we have added unique product features to make it easier for these men and women to drive on our platform. Today we’re taking the next step by partnering with the Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD), the largest Deaf-led nonprofit in the United States.
Back in September 2014, we launched UberMILITARY with a promise to give servicemembers, veterans, and military spouses an opportunity to earn a flexible income by driving with Uber. Today I am proud to announce that more than 50,000 members of the military community have signed up as drivers and nearly half have already driven. We’re now focused on getting more folks on the road, and finding ways we can do more for veterans and their families.
Technology enables us to focus on safety before, during and after a trip in ways that were simply not possible before smartphones. However, no means of transportation can ever be 100 percent safe. That’s why we need to ensure that the language used to describe safety at Uber is clear and precise. We’re glad to put this case behind us and excited to redouble our efforts serving riders and drivers across the state of California.
We all know it’s dangerous to get behind the wheel when we’ve been drinking — but what about when we’re tired? Over 60 percent of Americans admit they’ve driven while drowsy at least once in the past year. Yet sleep deprivation impairs our judgment just as much as alcohol — and is just as likely to result in a fatal crash. It’s why The Huffington Post is teaming up with Uber and Toyota to raise awareness of the issue and help save lives. Join us in making drowsy driving a thing of the past — as socially unacceptable as drunk driving is today.
From exploring new places to rediscovering what you love about a city you’ve lived in for over a decade, our riders and driver-partners have incredible stories to tell. We enlisted the help of Betsy Newman to take over our Instagram and share a piece of herself and her travels through pictures. Check them out.
How do you turn your passion into something people are passionate about? The chefs, owners, and entrepreneurs behind UberEATS share a taste of their wisdom.
This weekend, Uber and Capital One are teaming up to help customers save while they get out and have fun.