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A spokesman for the company said that Uber Works is officially available in Chicago on Thursday, t his program has operated in the city as a pilot for the past year, said the spokesman, "Some" beta testing also took place in Los Angeles. While limited to a single city launch, Uber states on the Works website that it has "plans to expand to more areas soon."
Uber said in its announcement that for employers, Uber Works will provide a "reliable pool of supervised and qualified workers. "For workers, Uber said the platform will" ensure timely payments "and provide" more transparency and opportunities for feedback in the market. "The company's spokesperson told Gizmodo that workers will be paid within 48 hours of the completion of the shift.
In order to hold both parties accountable, Uber Works stated in its User Guides that businesses may not require workers to perform any other job or task than was previously described in the game description and should not interrupt shifts less than 24 hours before their scheduled start, with unless it is "inevitable."
In terms of workers, Uber Works will operate on a kind of strike system, with six strikes in a rolling 30-day window that results in being fired by the app for seven days and 10 strikes within 30 days, which led for permanent ban. Here's how Uber Works scores attendance and reliability under that system:
- 2 marks for every 15 minutes late, up to 5 marks
- 2 marks to cancel 2 hours to 24 hours before a shift start
- 3 marks to cancel 30 minutes to 2 hours before a shift start
- 4 marks to be sent home early due to behavior or similar problems
- 6 marks to cancel less than 30 minutes before a shift start or for an unsolicited, no show.
Uber Works states that two no-shows without notifying the hiring company during a 12-month window will also result in a permanent ban from the app. Workers are expected to show up in "proper attire" and do the work as described by the employer, the company said.
Uber said it has partnered with the staffing agency TrueBlue, which it notes "hires, pays and handles employee benefits," among other agencies. The Uber spokesman said the partner organizations will provide employee benefits to workers as required by federal, state and local laws , including for health coverage and workers.
That Uber seeks to diversify the workforce is not particularly shocking given that the company is bleeding money and profitability seems quite elusive at this stage. manager Andrey Liscovich told Crain's Chicago Business that the platform "will provide us with a more diverse workforce than our ride-share client base. It will open the platform for people who want to make money but don't have cars."  Meanwhile, the company faces an existential threat in California thanks to the state's recently enacted law known as AB5, which could reclassify Uber drivers and other gambling jobs as employees who are entitled to greater benefits. Uber, which is headquartered in California, argues doubtfully that it is a technology company, not a taxi company, and thus is exempt from AB5. The rollout of Uber Works seems to reinforce the argument that its primary function is platform development.
Neat as this whole job-on-demand sounds like paper, it's still Uber. And as history has shown, Uber tends to look at people as a means of generating more money while waiting for the inevitable automation of service jobs . Nor has there been any direct or even decent about employee classification for their Uber drivers. Regardless of what it claims now, there is little indication that Uber will go out of its way to do justice to its Works concert workers.