Editors' pick: Originally published Nov. 28.
Tuesday is shaping up to be an interesting one for Uber. First, its drivers in more than 20 cities are planning to join the "Fight for $15" movement, as workers in both the ride-hailing business as well as other industries look for higher guaranteed pay and the right to form a union.
In essence, the drivers who are participating in this movement plan to sit out Tuesday from their ride-hailing routines. However, since Uber drivers are contractors and not employees, there's really nothing Uber can do in response.
The drivers are reacting to the company's decision to slash prices in San Francisco and in the South Bay, despite Uber's promise to "compensate drivers with high guaranteed hourly rates during peak times," according to SiliconBeat.
If Uber is only relying on contractors and not employees and as long as other drivers won't swoop in on protest days to pick up the extra slack (and money), what else can Uber do but pay a higher wage?
While the company may very well be turning the transportation industry on its head - just look at how taxi companies and car rentals have suffered - that doesn't mean there won't be a fair share of headaches.
Protests are one distraction, court is another. Across the pond on Tuesday, Uber will be headed to court as it tries to convince the regulators in Europe that it's not a transportation company. Instead, its a digital service, Uber says.