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That's a fantastic idea. Make it happen. People don't argue with each other nearly as much when they know each other.
 

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An driver association or union of any sort ,if it can be done would be give us an huge leverage in any sort of
negotiations ! The driver's themselves are really the company and the ones that make them money, not the app.
With no drivers, that app is worthless.
I understand they are valued at 50+ billion, but its kinda funny cause that value is wholly dependent on drivers
not being able to organize themselves into an union. If we are able to do it, that value will come crashing down.
 

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all in favor : I
we, the United drivers of America, declare these miles placed On Our cars , to be self-evident that there shall be no singular for-profit greed entity allowed to rip us off anymore! power to the people. All in Favor...?
YEA....?
All opposes( go work for Uber
 

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If drivers were to be formally organized, how would they determine union dues? How would they be collected?

Also, with unionization comes regulation. What is now a loose conglomeration of independent drivers would become a more strictly regulated group of union drivers. Would drivers be willing to abide by union rules telling them what they can and cannot provide to their clients in the way of amenities, music, routes, greetings/allowed conversation and more?

What about meetings and elections? I suppose a monthly meeting would create at least one good surge each month.
 

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I don't think unionization is the answer...we'd just replace one board of money-hungry people looking to abuse the drivers with another.

I do think there is value to some type of movement focused on collaboration and cooperation so that it improves conditions for the drivers. A guild might work better. A looser organization is more appropriate for indepedent contractors. Rather than dues just to belong to the guild, people could vote with their dollars on whether or not to pursue issue X, or Y, or Z.

In general, I like the idea of some sort of coordination among drivers to improve conditions for all. A convention would be an important first step...even if it's a mix of physical and virtual convention to maximize participation and awareness.

Note: For a pretty decent breakdown of guild v union....

http://www.scriptmag.com/features/legally-speaking-guild-or-union
 

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Ironically, I tried Googling how to start and run a guild and all I get are search results for World of Warcraft.

Ah, how times have changed.
 
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