‘I made $3.75 an hour’: Lyft and Uber drivers push to unionize for better pay

Drivers for the rideshare companies are seeing much of their pay go to expenses while Lyft and Uber prepare for their IPOs

For over a year Rob Mead has worked as an Uber driver in Reno, Nevada, to supplement his income as a public sector worker. Now he’s wondering if it is worth it. “After gas, added monthly rideshare insurance, wear-and-tear, constant oil changes and taxes that $300 for 30 hours of work I thought I made in a week actually averages down to about $90 after expenses,” said Mead.

Related: ‘I’m so done with driving’: is the robot car revolution finally near?

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Sackler family: 500 cities, counties and tribes sue owners of Oxycontin maker

Vast lawsuit accuses family of helping to create ‘worst drug crisis in American history’

A group made up of more than 500 cities, counties and Native American tribes across the United States has filed a massive lawsuit accusing members of the Sackler family, who own the maker of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, of helping to create “the worst drug crisis in American history”.

The lawsuit represents communities in 26 states and eight tribes and accuses Sackler family members of knowingly breaking laws in order to enrich themselves to the tune of billions of dollars, while hundreds of thousands of Americans died.

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Sackler family: 500 cities, counties and tribes sue owners of Oxycontin maker

Vast lawsuit accuses family of helping to create ‘worst drug crisis in American history’

A group made up of more than 500 cities, counties and Native American tribes across the United States has filed a massive lawsuit accusing members of the Sackler family, who own the maker of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, of helping to create “the worst drug crisis in American history”.

The lawsuit represents communities in 26 states and eight tribes and accuses Sackler family members of knowingly breaking laws in order to enrich themselves to the tune of billions of dollars, while hundreds of thousands of Americans died.

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California visit presents key test for Bernie Sanders’ 2020 prospects

The state’s size, diverse electorate and new, early spot in the primary calendar make it a prize for the independent senator reprising his 2016 run for the Democratic nomination

Bernie Sanders is bringing his anti-establishment message and calls for progressive reform to California, no longer as a long-shot presidential candidate seeking to change the terms of debate but as a frontrunner who knows he has a good chance to win it all.

Sanders’ visit to the Golden State this week – his first since announcing his new run for president – highlights California’s renewed importance in the presidential race. Its early primary, diverse electorate and progressive politics make it a key battleground for the independent senator from Vermont.

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Mining sector met NSW ministers almost every week over four years

Environment groups were given far less access and broadcaster Alan Jones got eight ‘catch-up’ meetings

Mining and resources companies were given an extraordinary level of access to the highest rungs of the New South Wales government in the past four years, securing roughly 188 meetings with ministers in 235 weeks.

An analysis of four and a half years of the state’s ministerial diaries shows the NSW Minerals Council has obtained regular access to resources, planning and finance ministers, and the offices of premiers and deputy premiers.

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