Picking a Future
Uber only exists because the drivers are not considered private contractors. This group has decided that only status as full employees will do. Once this is achieved, they will have the full panoply of labor law at their disposal. Then the real squeeze starts.
Only problem is that, in the act of harnessing Uber, they will kill the company.
If this case is decided in plaintiff's favor, then distributed employment models generally become non-viable and any examples of such will likely disappear for good.
Maybe that's a good thing and maybe it isn't, but I kinda resent important decisions like this being made by arbitrary judges and juries in one or two 'special' places, rather than by some kind of mass voting.