It’s called the Independent Drivers Guild—but the new organization for New York City’s estimated 35,000 Uber drivers is “independent” in name only.
Co-founded by Uber and the Machinists union, it's not a union, it has no collective bargaining rights, and it receives financial support from Uber.
Just how much support, we don’t know, since Uber and the Machinists won’t release their agreement—not even to drivers.
The company has announced plans to lay off 600 employees—half the plant’s workforce—and outsource production to Mexico.
What if stewards didn't have to represent non-members? Just ask a Tennessee teacher whether that's a union-building or union-busting policy.