1. Thursday, October 1, 2015

    turns out theres gonna be an uber strike this month for a weekend 

    uber strikeim not sure how i feel about it

    on one hand it would be very nice to have a tip button on the app

    and clearer instructions to the passengers about our ratings (like tell them that anything other than a 5 is bad)

    and it would be nice to communicate with Uber that all of these price cuts freak us out and make us feel stupid for buying cool cars after they tell us we could make $75k a year driving for them.

    personally i dont want to be their employee, i dont want or need benefits, and i dont care that they dont pay for gas

    but it would be nice if they reimbursed us for water and car washes every now and then.

    and for sure i think that for every month that we drive we should get $50 in uber credit to use being passengers

    but thats not why drivers are striking

    drivers are striking because any time we try to communicate with the company we dont really get heard

    or it seems like we dont really get heard.

    sometimes the responses we get via the emails dont even read like they were written by humans

    it feels like they bought robot email answering machine and unless you go crazy you’ll never get a real response.

    will i participate in the strike? i dont know. when i sold beers at Candlestick for the Giants i was part of a union and even though uber isnt a union i would feel weird being a scab during a strike.

    also, not a lot of drivers are as fortunate as i am. i have a real FT gig with benefits. if i decided not to drive that weekend i would really be supporting the FT uber drivers more than myself. i wouldnt mind that. it feels good to help someone else.

    also it might ultimately make Uber a better company. theyve never explained to anyone why theres no tip button (Lyft has one and passengers love Lyft just as much – if not more – than Uber… and they tip their drivers). likewise the ratings are confusing.

    the company has made so many good improvements to the GPS of the app over the years it almost rubs the salt in our wounds because we know how much we’d make off that tip button and it seems almost mean not to put it in there.

    for us. their so-called Partners.

    i do need to drive more and i would make a killing that weekend with everyone not driving, but right now im leaning towards not driving because in my heart it feels like the best thing to do in the long run, for everyone.