Uber drivers are contractors, not employees, labor board says I recently read an article complaining about the fact that (a) the Department of Labor has recently found that Uber drivers are CONTRACTORS, and not employees, and (b) the principals and founders of Uber recently made a killing with the Uber IPO, and (c) Uber is about to make changes that will reduce drivers' pay. Lefties are up in arms about how cruel Uber is, and how they should be forced to pay the drivers "more," and to treat them as employees. But the bottom line is this: Whether you are talking about how mean an employer is, or how cruel Republicans are for not raising the minimum wage, one fact remains. Everyone is working the BEST JOB AVAILABLE for them at the time, and if you (the Government) want to fuck with that, you will be doing more harm than good. Force Uber to treat its drivers better and Uber will inevitably go out of business. Force small companies to pay $15/hr for baseline employment, then hours and jobs will be cut in massive numbers. Lefties seem to think that employees have no options. If they are making minimum wage, then they will continue making minimum wage until Government comes in, saves the day, and forces all employers to pay more. If they can't live on Uber earnings, then the only solution is for Government to FORCE Uber to treat them better. No. They can get a better job. They can get married to someone with a job. They can work harder and earn more, or get promoted. They can work overtime to increase they pay. They can start their own business and get rich. It is not Government's role to ensure everyone's prosperity - and when they try to do so, they usually fuck things up worse than before.