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Complaints as driver pool booms

Former politician David Plouffe managed Barack Obama’s presidential campaign before joining Uber as senior vice president of policy and strategy in September 2014.

Uber board member and former White House advisor David Plouffe today said that Uber’s scale isn’t appreciated, touting that the company has created more jobs than any other firm on the planet.

Plouffe, who managed Barack Obama’s presidential campaign before joining Uber and climbing to chief advisor, told a room of journalists at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco yesterday that Uber has provided work for tens of thousands of people in more than 330 cities across more than 60 countries.

In London there are over 20,000 drivers on the Uber platform. In L.A there are 40,000 people. In Chicago and Illinois there are over 25,000. In Paris there are over 10,000.

“The scale of what we’re talking about here is not properly appreciated,” he said. “There’s no other company in the world that has been responsible for that much work in the last two or three years.

“I come from the political world,” continued Plouffe. “Everyone in politics or government is trying to deal with how do we get more jobs. Just as importantly is how do we create more income growth at a time when wages in most countries are fairly stagnant?