ATU’s Hanley: Tragic NYC livery driver suicide reveals exploitation of Uber, TNCs

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“The tragic suicide of a New York livery driver, Doug Schifter, has highlighted the financial stress faced by taxi and livery drivers and should cause all of us to question the merits of the ‘gig economy’,” ATU International President Larry Hanley writes in a New York Times letter to the editor. “It isn’t just livery drivers like Mr. Schifter — who had to drive 100-hour weeks to make ends meet — or the owners of medallions plummeting in value who are suffering. Uber and Lyft pay their drivers poverty wages, and drivers lack health insurance and other necessary benefits…The gig economy isn’t cutting-edge; it’s exploitative and it’s ruining lives. Remember that when you open the app.” Read the letter.