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I got a message today by UBERRESEARCHER...no posts, new account. Anyone else get this? I did not respond.
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I am an undergraduate researcher at UC Davis studying the earnings of Uber/Lyft drivers vs. taxi drivers in the Los Angeles area. Would you be willing to share some information with me regarding the average number of hours per week you drive for Uber/Lyft, and how long you have been a driver?

My goal is to gain a better understanding of the driver experience, differentiating between full-time, part-time, and “free-time” drivers. Any info you can provide is appreciated.

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Emily Isaac
 

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I got a message today by UBERRESEARCHER...no posts, new account. Anyone else get this? I did not respond.
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I am an undergraduate researcher at UC Davis studying the earnings of Uber/Lyft drivers vs. taxi drivers in the Los Angeles area. Would you be willing to share some information with me regarding the average number of hours per week you drive for Uber/Lyft, and how long you have been a driver?

My goal is to gain a better understanding of the driver experience, differentiating between full-time, part-time, and "free-time" drivers. Any info you can provide is appreciated.

Thanks,
Emily Isaac
I got that message to. Wttff
 

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I got a message today by UBERRESEARCHER...no posts, new account. Anyone else get this? I did not respond.
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I am an undergraduate researcher at UC Davis studying the earnings of Uber/Lyft drivers vs. taxi drivers in the Los Angeles area. Would you be willing to share some information with me regarding the average number of hours per week you drive for Uber/Lyft, and how long you have been a driver?

My goal is to gain a better understanding of the driver experience, differentiating between full-time, part-time, and "free-time" drivers. Any info you can provide is appreciated.

Thanks,
Emily Isaac
Yes i did . same email they offered me 75$ for a 45 min survey about my experience .mentioned something bout dodgers pickup on sundays. Did not respond nor participate and did not give any info. I still have that mail and the link to the survey if needed
 

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Yes i did . same email they offered me 75$ for a 45 min survey about my experience .mentioned something bout dodgers pickup on sundays. Did not respond nor participate and did not give any info. I still have that mail and the link to the survey if needed
Interesting I was never offered money. Maybe she's getting desperate. Lol
 

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Hi all, I am indeed an undergraduate student at UC Davis researching Uber. Here is a link to a recent paper I wrote on Uber so you all have a better understanding of my "angle" on the issue.

I am primarily concerned with labor issues, especially precarious employment arrangements. If anyone has additional questions, I would be happy to chat. Definitely not an Uber employee :)
 

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Hi all, I am indeed an undergraduate student at UC Davis researching Uber. Here is a link to a recent paper I wrote on Uber so you all have a better understanding of my "angle" on the issue.

I am primarily concerned with labor issues, especially precarious employment arrangements. If anyone has additional questions, I would be happy to chat. Definitely not an Uber employee :)
Thats interesting.the email thay was sent had an uber.com ending. U must have some affilate with uber.
 

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Before you guys discount this researcher as being "for uber", read the included Isaac_UberPaper_PDF.pdf (2 responses above). It cuts into how uber is really sticking it to the "partner driver" and uber is working in a legal void which hinders the driver.
Read pages 11-13.
"A. The Cost of Gas & Maintenance: As independent contractors, Uber drivers must cover all of their own expenses, including gas and maintenance. Naturally, working full-time as a driver can Isaac 12 rapidly put wear-and-tear on a vehicle and amount to significant costs in maintenance and depreciation. The IRS estimates that the cost of gas and repairs for the average vehicle amounts to 56¢ per mile. However, with variations between cars and gas prices, there is no one-way to calculate what this cost amounts to for drivers, and Uber drivers often have different methods of calculation. Jesus Garay, a full-time UberX driver in New York City, broke down his profit margin calculations to Slate journalist Alison Griswold in her recent article on Uber driver salaries. According to Garay, he made $1,163.30 in fares for 40 hours of work in one week, but was ultimately left with about $480 after factoring in Uber's 20% commission fee and the cost of gas, car cleanings, insurance, maintenance, and parking costs, which totals to about $350. In a standard employment arrangement, these are costs that the employer would cover, not the employee. For example, employed taxi drivers (some taxi companies also classify their drivers as independent contractors) do not have to pay for gas or maintenance, as the taxi company covers this cost. B. Instability & Income Uncertainty: Although Uber executives call drivers their "partners" and often liken them to "micro-entrepreneurs," Uber drivers have no real control over pricing, which the company can lower at any moment. Therefore, a defining characteristic of working for Uber is facing vulnerabilities in terms of maintaining a stable income. While union taxi drivers have the power to negotiate fares and rates (Cervero, 1985), as independent contractors, Uber drivers are vulnerable to steep price reductions in fares at the hands of Uber executives, who, knowingly or not, are cutting into their drivers' incomes. In fact, since faced with new competition, Uber has involved itself in a "race to the bottom," dramatically cutting its rates every few months. For example, In May 2013 in Los Angeles, Uber charged UberX customers a far of $2.75 per mile, plus an additional 60¢ per minute under eleven mph, allowing full-time drivers to make between Isaac 13 $15 and $20 per hour (Asher-Schapiro, 2014). Since then, Uber has cut fares nearly in half: customers are now charged $1.10 per mile, plus an additional 21¢ per minute-a fare that often times does not allow drivers to make even minimum wage. One of the more recent Uber scandals that ignited protests from drivers across the country arose when UberBLACK drivers were forced by the company to accept uberX fares, which are significantly lower. But again, because these drivers are independent contractors, the company is technically operating within the law and can adjust its fares without discretion for its workers. Moreover, Uber drivers face vulnerabilities insofar as their accounts can be "deactivated" upon receiving a rating below 4.7 from customers, justifiably or otherwise. The thought of suddenly being shut out of the application troubles many drivers who have personally invested their time and resources into the job. As independent contractors, Uber drivers are not protected by anti-discrimination laws and could effectively be "fired" for reasons related to race, gender, ethnicity, or religion. C. Liabilities & The Law: By and far, the biggest risk workers assume when driving for Uber is accident liability."
 

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Hi all, I am indeed an undergraduate student at UC Davis researching Uber. Here is a link to a recent paper I wrote on Uber so you all have a better understanding of my "angle" on the issue.

I am primarily concerned with labor issues, especially precarious employment arrangements. If anyone has additional questions, I would be happy to chat. Definitely not an Uber employee :)
I read the paper. It is interesting. Brought up many relevant topics on Uber specifically and the new 1099 On Demand Worker also.

But again, is the research you are doing funded. If so, is it for Uber, Lyft, another TNC, a research firm, a state or federal agency, or just another paper you are doing at UC Davis.

I can read your undergrad paper and say it was interesting and not pro Uber. But that doesn't mean your current research won't have an agenda.
 

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Don't think employee.

But could be independent researcher working for/with a company contracted with another company in transportation, a student doing research for a professor who has a contract with someone, a law firm, California Labor Board, or... just a UC Davis student writing a paper.

The paper is a long read but worth the read. Some points I would correct or have a different opinion on but I got some good references that I did not know about and made me think. The paper was not pro Uber.
 

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Hi all, I am indeed an undergraduate student at UC Davis researching Uber. Here is a link to a recent paper I wrote on Uber so you all have a better understanding of my "angle" on the issue.

I am primarily concerned with labor issues, especially precarious employment arrangements. If anyone has additional questions, I would be happy to chat. Definitely not an Uber employee :)
the same thing that happened to uber black is now happening to uber x drivers. uber x drivers are being forced to accept uber pool rides which involves a pay cut also.
uber x rates $o.90 a mile, $0.15 a minute
uber pool rates $0.85 a mile, $0.11 a minute.
 
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