title If you’ve been following the news for the last few days, you probably know about the mass resignation of Uber drivers, which resulted in an agreement between the company and the New York City Taxi Workers Union.
Uber has promised to pay workers up to $15 an hour and provide them with health insurance.
It has also been the subject of several legal fights, most recently a $40 million lawsuit from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and a $32 million settlement from the state of California.
Uber’s public relations campaign, however, has been particularly aggressive, targeting the drivers themselves.
“Uber’s actions will harm the millions of hard-working, self-employed Americans who have built the largest economy on American principles, and hurt the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of drivers who provide essential services for our customers,” Uber spokesperson Brian McFarland said in a statement announcing the resignations.
The company also threatened legal action against the workers union, which has been involved in several legal cases against Uber.
“In addition to threatening to sue drivers and the NYCATU, Uber also made a calculated attempt to intimidate our drivers and threaten their safety and well-being by threatening to revoke their drivers’ permits and then sue them if they didn’t,” McFarwood said.
Uber also sent out a public service announcement on its website claiming that it had agreed to “the largest settlement ever in the history of the American labor movement,” with $20 billion in compensation for drivers, including the $40 billion payout.
It said that the settlement included an additional $15 billion for “other benefits, including increased benefits and benefits payments, unemployment benefits, health benefits, childcare, and paid time off for up to one year.”
Uber has also hired more than 60 lobbyists and spent more than $2 million lobbying state legislatures since December of last year, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.
The company has been accused of wage theft by its drivers, who allege that they are not getting paid for the hours they work.
Uber disputes that claim.
The New York Times reported that Uber has been forced to cut back on overtime and has had to make “significant changes to its safety program,” including hiring more drivers and expanding its safety protocols.
Uber drivers in San Francisco were forced to stop working at 6:00 am and shift their shifts to 8:00 pm, and a report from The Washington Post found that many drivers who are not full-time employees have been forced into temporary work.
In the past, Uber has faced criticism from drivers and other employees for its alleged wage theft practices.
A group of Uber’s drivers filed a class action lawsuit in January against the company, claiming that they were not paid enough for their work.
In March, Uber settled a separate class action suit with drivers for $40.7 million, including an $18 million payout.
Uber is also facing backlash from drivers who have taken to the company’s social media accounts to demand their rights be protected.
In April, several drivers started a Facebook group called The Uber Driver’s Alliance to demand that Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick publicly apologize to drivers.
As for the $80 billion settlement, Uber CEO Travis Alvis told The Washington Times that the company would “fully fund the benefits that will be provided to drivers through their health insurance, paid sick days, and all other benefits, to help keep their jobs.”
“It’s important to note that our workers are the most important people in our industry and we’re committed to helping them continue to have the best lives they can,” Alvis said.