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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: October 2020

2 - An Uber Ambivalence


Before beginning to work for Lyft in 2013, Kevin Banks spent twenty-five years as a unionized carpenter in Northern California. He made “pretty dang good money” working in construction, especially after his promotion to general foreman. But Kevin was badly injured on the job, and the timing of the injury coincided with the Great Recession. A white, native-born American who came from a union family, Kevin had never performed nonunion, low-wage work, but by 2009, his job choices were limited. With a trace of resigned shame in his voice, he disclosed in one of our conversations over coffee

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