After already testing the new job service in Los Angeles earlier this year, Uber is trying it in Chicago. Uber Works, as it’s being called, is a service for businesses to hire short-term employees for various positions such as event staff, security guards, and waiters. The company is known for testing new services, many of which they do not decide to keep within their business model. At a time when the California tech company is looking to increase their value as they prepare for an IPO, this could become a major expansion that sticks around.
The new service would hire on workers as independent contractors, similar to how the company’s current drivers are paid. Uber already has millions of contracted workers for their rideshare and food delivery services, many whom have gone on strike as recent as this month due to low wages. It’s reported that the multi-billion dollar company is now taking about 50 percent of all rideshare fares and leaving the drivers with little cash after expenses. So this new expansion will likely draw criticism from labor activists looking to change the way Uber treats its employees.
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