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We're all becoming independent contractors
We're all becoming independent contractors

GM is worth around $60 billion and has more than 200,000 employees. Its front-line workers earn from $19 to $28.50 an hour, with benefits. Uber is estimated to be worth some $40 billion and has 850 full-time employees. Uber also has 163,000 drivers (as of December -- the number is expected to double by June) who average $17 an hour in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and$23 an hour in San Francisco and New York. But Uber doesn't count these drivers as employees. Uber says they're "independent contractors." What difference does it make? For one thing, GM workers don't have to pay for the machines they use. But Uber drivers pay for their cars -- not just...

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