For those of you watching or inconvenienced by the 24 Uber strike in select major cities, you might be happy to hear that they have agreed on a settlement, for the most part.

The biggest issue was that many fulltime drivers wanted to be viewed as employees with benefits. While Uber still claims drivers are independent contractors, they are paying out a ballpark sum of $150 million (as high $170 million) to ease some of the anger.

What that means on a per driver basis, I do not know.

The issue I encounter in this debate is that they agreed to independent status. They chose to be contractors. That automatically puts them in a different category. However, that does not mean they should be denied living wages.

While the settlement cost is a start, hopefully it means there will be internal changes to help drivers make enough to survive.


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