As goes Uber, so goes the nation
Where I make the case that we need a “Treaty of Silicon Valley,” for workers to thrive — like Walther Reuther’s “Treaty of Detroit” that set work up for decades in the U.S.
Lyft and Uber, like many companies in the new economy, have been unable to provide their workers with a stable and complete livelihood. Still, with their bully pulpit and their relationship with millions of Americans, they might be our best hope for provoking change.
That change starts with something unfamiliar to Uber and Lyft: partnering with government. Instead of using their muscle to whine to cities about taxi regulations, Uber and Lyft should call on government to lift the floor for working people.
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