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(Fox Business)   Uber wants CDC to categorize its drivers as essential workers so they can get the COVID-19 vaccine without Uber having to pay for it   (foxbusiness.com) divider line
    More: Murica, Vaccination, Vaccine, Federal government of the United States, Uber Technologies Inc, U.S. Centers, delivery drivers, essential workers, essential role  
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267 clicks; posted to Business » on 04 Dec 2020 at 12:53 PM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-12-04 11:09:45 AM  
essential employees?
 
2020-12-04 12:05:54 PM  
Essential employees independent contractors.
 
2020-12-04 1:05:28 PM  
Where did Subby get the idea that the exists a scenario where Uber would have to pay for vaccines?

I can see an argument where a driver (who does some minimum amount of trips per month) should be in line somewhere around where grocery store clerks are.
 
2020-12-04 2:16:15 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: essential employees?


Cannon fodder.
 
Juc [TotalFark]
2020-12-04 2:26:06 PM  
Well no one should have to pay for it. not directly anyway.
 
2020-12-04 3:30:18 PM  

BMFPitt: Where did Subby get the idea that the exists a scenario where Uber would have to pay for vaccines?

I can see an argument where a driver (who does some minimum amount of trips per month) should be in line somewhere around where grocery store clerks are.


A company as part of their operations can require its employees meet certain safety standards, like having appropriate vaccinations, as a condition for employment. This is most common for employment such as nursing staff at hospitals for example, but as a result of that requirement they are then required to pay for the vaccination and any potential side effects/impacts of requiring it.

Uber likely wants to issue such a mandate so they can claim all their drivers are safe but ultimately doesn't want to pay for it.
 
2020-12-04 3:31:22 PM  

Juc: Well no one should have to pay for it. not directly anyway.


This is the best solution. The vaccine should be made available free of charge, paid for by the federal government.
 
2020-12-04 4:07:21 PM  

keldaria: A company as part of their operations can require its employees meet certain safety standards, like having appropriate vaccinations, as a condition for employment. This is most common for employment such as nursing staff at hospitals for example, but as a result of that requirement they are then required to pay for the vaccination and any potential side effects/impacts of requiring it.

Uber likely wants to issue such a mandate so they can claim all their drivers are safe but ultimately doesn't want to pay for it.


No, they wouldn't.  Also, the vaccine will be free, so, again, how would they end up paying for it?
 
2020-12-04 5:13:42 PM  
I think that if your employer has classified you as essential--if your job is so important to them--then they should be happy to pay for it.

/Capitalism is a problem, as we practice it is practiced on us today.
 
2020-12-04 5:42:06 PM  
Subby, the vaccine is free for everyone.

This about getting Uber drivers bumped to the front of the line for the vaccine so that Uber can ramp back up its capacity sooner than later.
 
2020-12-04 7:09:06 PM  
The big 4 vaccine candidates alloow epople to be infected and contagious. They only reduce the severity of the symptoms.

Uber would become a gigantic superspreader. This idea cannot be allowed to even make it to debate, lest the debate get hijacked by partisan and business intrests.
 
2020-12-04 7:35:05 PM  

beezeltown: Essential employees independent contractors.


They worked so hard to pass that proposition in California. Be a shame if it came back to bite them in the ass.
 
2020-12-04 8:31:38 PM  
I thought the vaccine was free of charge to everyone.
 
2020-12-04 9:52:27 PM  

Firm Tautology: They worked so hard to pass that proposition in California. Be a shame if it came back to bite them in the ass.


How would it?  Nevermind the fact that the vaccine is free.  Why would employment category be relevant to whether they should be prioritized or not?
 
2020-12-04 11:32:25 PM  

BMFPitt: Firm Tautology: They worked so hard to pass that proposition in California. Be a shame if it came back to bite them in the ass.

How would it?  Nevermind the fact that the vaccine is free.  Why would employment category be relevant to whether they should be prioritized or not?


Never-mind that the whole reason for keeping drivers IC's is because Uber is trying to maintain the "side hustle" fiction of how its business model works.

Uber has consistently maintained that providing their drivers with a lack of healthcare is part of that sustainable business model. The vaccine might be free, but treatment for any side effects that come out of that vaccination wouldn't be. If Uber were to get the same dispensation that public transit workers get, they would also have to provide the same backup safety net for their "employees". Since they can't, it's likely an unacceptable risk to put their drivers in that situation.
 
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