Laws are needed when technological change ends up squeezing workers

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24332444-900-laws-are-needed-when-technological-change-ends-up-squeezing-workers/

California’s Assembly Bill 5 will let gig workers have benefits, unions and legal protection. It was needed to prevent a return to Dickensian working conditions, argues Annalee Newitz

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18 September 2019

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IT STARTED with a rumour. “Don’t use the DoorDash app to tip your driver,” a friend told me. “The company steals tips. You have to pay the driver directly, in cash.” Sure enough, a few days later the story broke: DoorDash, the food delivery app, was using tips to cover drivers’ guaranteed base rate of $10 per delivery.

If I tipped my driver $10 via the app, DoorDash would use that money to cover her base pay and she would get no tip. If I tipped her in cash, she would get her $10 …