Just a Mis-Understanding Between Companies and Workers?

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A big misunderstanding? Uber and Lyft drivers are protesting across ten U.S. cities this week, as well as in the U.K., South America and Australia, saying that the companies are treating them unfairly. The companies say that they are a great deal for the drivers, many of whom are thrilled to get a bit of extra money working at what is not their main source of income. The drivers want to be treated like employees and the companies say that that was never what they were intended to be. Some wires seem to have gotten crossed, to say the least.

Ride sharing is going through something of a transition.  A few years ago I got caught in traffic when Toronto taxi drivers staged a protest over the fact that ride-sharing services were being allowed in the city.  A cyclist weaving his way around the taxis went a little beserk at the slowdown and he and a taxi driver got into some kind of shouting match. I didn’t hear it all, but I did catch the cyclist screaming ‘Your days are numbered, everybody wants Uber instead of you!’

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Relentless Economics

Linda Nazareth, author of Relentless Economics, is an economist, author, broadcaster, and speaker. The Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and a frequent media commentator, she is an expert on demographics and trends, and uses a wide range of media to communicate her observations about a world in transition. For twelve years until 2012, Linda was the in-house economist for Business News Network (BNN), the business cable arm of CTV (Canada’s biggest private sector broadcaster). Daily she covered the economic news of the day on-air, looking at the markets and the economic indicators and giving viewers analysis and context.

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