As travel within U.S. cities becomes increasingly limited in efforts to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi asked President Donald Trump on Monday to provide relief to gig workers whose income has been significantly cut due to the crisis.
Khosrowshahi wrote Trump that reclassifying workers would bring its own set of challenges.
Khosrowshahi made the case for a third class of workers outside of the employee-contractor binary, an argument Uber has been making in the face of California’s new law. He asked the Trump Administration and Congress to consider updating labor laws to provide a “third way” to classify workers “to remove the forced choice between flexibility and protection for millions of American workers.”
Khosrowshahi also spoke with Senate Minority Leader Schumer and other members of Congress from both parties over the weekend, according to Uber. The company said he is also reaching out to House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Representatives for Schumer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Khosrowshahi said his team is standing ready to help out “in any way we can.” Uber’s freight service is prioritizing shipments of relief goods like medical supplies and working with local governments to assess their needs, he wrote.