A highlight from Gig Workers vs. Big Tech

Latino USA


On a Saturday night in highland park. A neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles. It's the summertime and the nearby bars are buzzing with people. I'm at a gas station of York boulevard, one of the busiest streets in the area. If I want to put like a full tank, it will be probably close to $80. I'm here with Alvaro volanis, a driver with a ride hailing company lift. And he's about to start his shift. Saturdays are the busiest nights of the week for ride hailing drivers. More clients and less traffic on the road. It costs Alvaro about $80 to fill up the tank of his black SUV. And sometimes that's not enough to make it through the night. This money comes out of his own pocket because Uber and Lyft drivers have to pay for all of their expenses, such as gas, cart maintenance, and car insurance. So I got a color. So I gotta drive all the way to south Pasadena. Alberto gets his first call of the night. For privacy reasons we can't record inside Alvaro's car while he's driving clients around. So we ask him to send us voice memos throughout the evening. Okay, but I'm gonna let you go. I'll show you the best of nights. I hope you make a lot of money.

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