The agenda is that the labor unions own Joe Biden. Recall how Biden called in GM to praise CEO Mary Berra about leading the charge to electrify cars. Totally leaving out Tesla, the company that has done more to advance the EV than all other car companies combined. Furthermore, the first draft of what became the Inflation Reduction Act excluded Tesla from the new EV tax credits. Why?
Because Tesla is a non-union employer.
Once drivers become employees they are subject to unionization, and thus union dues, which expands the power of unions.
Employee status for rideshare drivers may look good on paper, but to make is employees will destroy the rideshare model and throw many drivers out of work.
Unions are a good thing for the bottom of the pyramid.
If a fry cook or a bag boy walked into their bosses office and asked for a 50c an hour raise they would get laughed out the door.
If the union to went to management and threatened a strike if they didn't get a cost of living adjustment they have the negotiating power to actually get a seat a table and discuss things, if not they can threaten a work stopage, something that might actually scare management.
However once you get far enough up the ladder that you yourself walking out the door is something that can impact your employer than your need for the union falls off.
Once you go far enough up the ladder being in a union is no longer nessisary at all.
But for something like uber, a union absolutely could be a huge help.
Monthly union dues would run a fraction of the amount we're getting ****ed by uber eavery day, let alone every month. It's generally a couple of hours of your wages per month in dues.
Some unions calculate it at 2.5 times your hourly wage.
Sure there will be some ****ing fat cat shitbags getting rich off our union dues but the difference could be extreme for a low level job like this.
Min wage (in an employee model) will after expenses run $20-29 per hour + tips (depending on your states min wage)
If it's a union job it could go a lot higher than min wage. Could be closer to $30 an hour WITH A COMPANY VEHICLE.
Fact of the matter is that uberX drivers arn't paying any federal taxes in many markets because the rates are so low, employee classification would push min wages up to $20 an hour. In my market it's $6-10 an hour. Not even joking, Min wage would over triple the wages paid.