It’s possible you’ll not have seen this, however there’s lots of people sporting masks proper now. These people aren’t working with drywall or sanding something, both. You may spot them buying, strolling, or crowded round these new outside consuming areas situated downtown that drive them to huddle collectively when you try and squeeze by — coughing politely to make your intentions identified.

After repeatedly Googling “What’s Going On Outdoors?” it was ultimately revealed to your creator by a useful neighbor that there’s some type of thriller sickness no one is aware of something about. They continued explaining, however I had already stopped listening. This new info had me shocked to the core.

All I may take into consideration was how this was going to affect Lyft drivers.

Certainly the corporate has some type of plan to guard its workforce and ensure they’re not riddled with blood-borne parasites or no matter. Nicely, we appear to be in luck. On Friday, Lyft stated it is going to distribute round 60,000 automobile partitions to its busiest drivers as option to defend in opposition to the coronavirus whereas promoting personalized protecting shields to different drivers by the rest of the summer season. 

It’s good to see an organization appearing so shortly to supply help to its workers.

Had the virus manifested months earlier, this motion would make the model look downright despicable — particularly since it will likely be the one promoting the partitions. It must also be clarified that Lyft doesn’t technically classify drivers as workers; regardless of having no potential of their very own to find out charges, Lyft formally considers them impartial contractors.

Massachusetts is definitely suing the corporate (together with Uber) over the difficulty proper now.

“For years Uber and Lyft have constructed their billion-dollar companies on a mannequin that exploits drivers,” Massachusetts Legal professional Common Maura Healey said in a message announcing the lawsuit on social media. “Uber and Lyft set the charges. They alone set the foundations. Drivers are workers.”

Healey has concluded that the ride-hailing companies are technically in violation of Massachusetts regulation, and have been allowed to make the most of drivers by mislabeling them. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi rebuffed this by stating drivers are successfully operating a self-made enterprise and luxuriate in setting their very own hours. However there are issues with these assertions. They’re not likely operating their very own enterprise in the event that they’re not setting the worth factors — and there’s nothing stopping Uber/Lyft from persevering with to let drivers set their very own hours as workers.

Getting again to the partitions, Reuters experiences that Lyft plans to promote them for roughly $50 at manufacturing price and with out a markup. Doing a little shopping, this appears to be a typical worth. Nonetheless, a lot of the ones we’ve seen have massive gaps to permit air to flow into across the cabin. May simply be higher to decrease the home windows and hope no one’s sick.

From Reuters:

The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention issued coronavirus tips in April to skilled drivers and advisable the set up of a partition between a driver and passengers.

As of March 2019, Lyft had practically 2 million drivers in the US and Canada, the place it operates. However regulators and analysts estimate the variety of lively drivers has dropped considerably throughout the pandemic, when ridership plummeted due to sweeping stay-at-home orders.


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