At NJ.com, Edward Escobar explains the con behind the
gagged “gig” economy. A nugget:
How does this play out for drivers? Here’s one example: A driver from San Francisco drives to the airport, and waits nearly an hour to pick up a ride from an arriving flight. He drives the passenger across the peninsula and through the city of San Francisco – drops him off and unloads his luggage near the last entrance of the Bay Bridge. The driver’s earnings for all that time and work? $12.08 and no tip. Six years ago, that driver would have made $55. That driver has to pay a car payment, gas, insurance, and constant car maintenance and upkeep, depreciation of vehicles value, meaning this ride actually cost him money. It’s what we call a “negative ride,” and it is increasingly common.