By: Barry Horowitz
The phenomenon known as the “great resignation” is affecting almost every profession, as the pandemic led to millions of people leaving their careers, entering new fields or stating their own business. Uber, before COVID, was a popular company to work for, post pandemic, they are facing a job shortage and considering new options.
Uber is looking into the possibility of dispatching yellow taxis from its app, in addition to its usual private for-hire options, WINS 1010 reported.
According to the New York Post, a September city lobby disclosure revealed Uber executive Josh Gold lobbied Taxi & Limousine Commission chief Aloysee Heredia Jarmoszuk on “the potential for a yellow taxi dispatch.” No further details were given.
While details of the conversation were scarce, the Post reports Uber apps users, however, could potentially see yellow cabs as another option alongside “Uber X,” and the hail would be facilitated through the TLC’s own ride-hail program.
“As a regulatory agency, the TLC meets frequently with all its Licensees to discuss ideas, individually and including during our monthly Taxi Working Group convening,” a TLC spokesperson told the paper.
WINS summarized: On a quarterly earnings call Thursday with Wall Street analysts, the Post reports Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told them, “I don’t think we’re ever going to have enough drivers.”
New York Taxi Workers Alliance leader Bhairavi Desai agreed with the sentiment, telling the Post she thinks Uber is looking to yellow cabs to “replace their volume” in New York City.
In 2013, commuters were able to hail yellow cab rides through the Uber app under “Ubercab.” However, Desai told the paper she believes Uber dropped the cabs once enough of its own cars were on the road.
She said that if the TLC and Uber reach an agreement to work together again, she would like to see all drivers protected.
“You have to protect full-time work. Whether it’s yellow-cab drivers or Uber and Lyft drivers, we want to see standards lifted for all the drivers,” Desai told the Post.
Uber appears to be one of thousands of corporations being affected by the “Great Resignation”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4 million Americans quit their jobs in July 2021. Resignations peaked in April and have remained abnormally high for the last several months, with a record-breaking 10.9 million open jobs at the end of July. Employees between 30 and 45 years old have had the greatest increase in resignation rates, with an average increase of more than 20% between 2020 and 2021, Harvard Business Review reported.
Harvard business law discovered that resignation rates were higher among employees who worked in fields that had experienced extreme increases in demand due to the pandemic, likely leading to increased workloads and burnout. During the peak of the pandemic, in urban areas, public transportation use drastically dropped while people began using hail ride services such as Uber.