End the Exploitation of Rideshare and Delivery Workers.
Let them unionize and bargain.

By establishing historic collective bargaining rights for app-based rideshare and delivery workers, The Right to Bargain bill is the vehicle that will bring dignity, higher wages, and safer working conditions to hundreds of thousands of New York drivers. We know what happens when workers unionize: wages go up. Benefits expand. Working conditions improve. The union wage difference is particularly clear for workforces which are largely immigrant and POC, like New York rideshare and delivery workers are. It’s time to let them unionize and bargain for a better future.

Rideshare and delivery workers deserve the right to bargain their wages and benefits

The pandemic has shown every rideshare and delivery driver the power and control Big Tech has over the lives of workers like me — and that we need a real safety net for times of crisis. Big Tech and app companies have been exploiting rideshare drivers for too long. As we emerge from an unprecedented public health and economic crisis, keeping the status quo is a win for corporations.

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Top 10 Reasons to Support the Rideshare and Delivery Workers’ Right to Bargain Bill

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This historic legislation would establish collective bargaining rights for rideshare and delivery workers in New York, a largely BIPOC workforce that lacks the protections currently enjoyed by other workers across the state. We know what happens when workers unionize: wages go up. Benefits expand. Working conditions improve. The union wage difference is particularly clear for workforces which are largely immigrant and POC, like New York rideshare and delivery workers are. This legislation will empower more than 200,000 New York rideshare and delivery workers to join a union and access collective bargaining rights. By establishing historic collective bargaining rights for app-based drivers, this bill is the vehicle that will bring dignity, higher wages, and safer working conditions to hundreds of thousands of New York drivers.
Under this legislation, every delivery and rideshare driver will have a minimum wage guarantee and an ongoing right to bargain for fair pay. It will hold the app companies accountable for paying a minimum wage and providing worker’s compensation and unemployment insurance, lifting tens of thousands of drivers out of poverty.

It creates a floor which will raise the standards for workers and then build power through the process of bargaining to negotiate for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions.
With more than 200,000 workers strong, rideshare and delivery workers are a key part of New York’s local economies and provide essential services for residents. However, drivers are at the whims of the Big Tech app companies that have imposed exploitive commission and fee structures on them, which this legislation would empower workers to collectively bargain over.

Right now, app companies can take unlimited fees and commissions out of the pockets of drivers, increasing the inequity within rideshare driving and diverting hard-earned money out of our communities and into the hands of foreign banks and investors. Because this legislation will allow drivers the right to collectively bargain, with its passage they will have an avenue to negotiate for fair fee and commission structures.
The legislation requires app companies to participate in the state’s unemployment insurance program and protects workers when they are unfairly de-activated from an app platform.

Deactivation threatens the livelihoods of drivers who are not currently eligible for unemployment insurance, and could lose everything if their accounts are deactivated now. The bill also requires app companies to extend unemployment coverage to immigrant workers whose working papers have expired, a first in the United States.
The legislation requires app companies to participate in the state’s unemployment insurance program and protects workers when they are unfairly de-activated from an app platform.

Deactivation threatens the livelihoods of drivers who are not currently eligible for unemployment insurance, and could lose everything if their accounts are deactivated now. The bill also requires app companies to extend unemployment coverage to immigrant workers whose working papers have expired, a first in the United States.
Delivery workers riding bicycles and driving throughout the state face constant peril. For years, New York has protected rideshare workers with a workers’ compensation program called The Black Car Fund – the only state that provides this kind of protection. However, delivery drivers have gone unprotected and even those who have been severely injured on the job have been unable to obtain compensation.The Right To Bargain bill extends this program for delivery workers.
New York rideshare and delivery drivers, who are heavily immigrant and BIPOC, are at heightened risk of workplace harassment and discrimination due to the unique circumstances of their workplaces. Drivers work alone in isolation, and are vulnerable to potential violence or harassment from riders. This risk is increased when riders are enlisting rideshare services after becoming inebriated. Under this legislation, rideshare and delivery drivers will be protected against discrimination based upon their race, religion, country of origin, or other protected status. These protections are critically important to this largely immigrant workforce, particularly with the rise of race based hate crimes throughout 2021.
Right now, Big Tech isn’t accountable for providing the same types of benefits to rideshare and delivery workers enjoyed by other workers across New York. A hallmark of the gig economy is the ability it has created for Big Tech to shirk their responsibilities in paying workers full or even partial benefits that would be required in any other industry. Rideshare drivers and app based workers deserve benefits too. This legislation would establish a system of portable benefits funded with a surcharge on deliveries and rides. Unionized rideshare and delivery drivers would be empowered to bargain directly with app companies over essential benefits, including their health care, disability, and retirement benefits — a historic victory.
Right now, rideshare and delivery drivers in New York can be terminated without due process or just cause – because of the influence and power of Big Tech. More and more New Yorkers are relying on rideshare and delivery work as their primary source of income, and it’s time the law keeps up with their needs. The Right To Bargain legislation will establish due process, just cause, and a grievance process for workers who have been suspended or deactivated from the platforms they work on. It will also affirm the right of workers to decline a ride or delivery without fear of retaliation. By creating a grievance process and ensuring workers cannot be deactivated without cause, rideshare and delivery workers will have the job security their families are counting on.
Millions of small and independent business owners across the United States play by the rules — paying their workers a living wage and fair benefits, contributing to their unemployment and benefits costs, and negotiating with workers’ unions. So should Big Tech. Under this legislation, app companies will be required to participate in the state’s unemployment system, including funding benefits for undocumented workers (a first in the United States). The bill would also create a full workers’ compensation program for delivery modeled on The Black Car Fund, a program won by the Machinists in the 1990’s, which covers rideshare workers.

Get the Facts: New York’s Proposal to Expand Gig Worker Rights

New York state lawmakers are considering historic legislation to protect and empower more than 200,000 mostly low-income workers. For years these workers and their families have gone without the kind of worker protections and benefits that most New Yorkers take for granted. The groundbreaking Right to Bargain proposal corrects that injustice, establishing first-time benefits and protections for rideshare and delivery workers, including undocumented workers, while empowering these workers with the ongoing right to negotiate for better wages, benefits, and working conditions.

Unfortunately, there is misinformation being spread on social media. Before we let these falsehoods hurt the 200,000+ workers who long to join a union and be heard with a powerful voice, let’s look at the facts.
了解事实:纽约关于扩大零工权利的提案

纽约州的立法者正在考虑通过一项历史性的法规,那就是保护并赋予 200,000 多名低收入工人权利。多年来,这些工人及其家人一直没有得到大多数纽约人认为理所当然的工人保护和福利。开创性的谈判权提案纠正了这种不公正,首次为拼车司机和送货工人(包括无证工人)设立了福利和保护,同时赋予这些工人持续协商以获得更好的工资、福利和工作条件的权利。

遗憾的是,社交媒体上到处散布着错误信息。在这 200,000 多名渴望加入工会并用力发声的工人为谎言所害之前,我们来看一看事实到底是什么。
Conozca los hechos: La propuesta de Nueva York para ampliar los derechos de los trabajadores independientes

Los legisladores del estado de Nueva York están estudiando una legislación histórica para proteger y capacitar a más de 200,000 trabajadores, en su mayoría de bajos ingresos. Durante años, estos trabajadores y sus familias se han quedado sin el tipo de protecciones y beneficios laborales que la mayoría de los neoyorquinos dan por sentado. La innovadora propuesta sobre el derecho a negociar corrige esta injusticia, al establecer por primera vez beneficios y protecciones para los trabajadores de vehículos compartidos y los repartidores, incluidos los trabajadores indocumentados, al tiempo que empodera a estos trabajadores con el derecho continuo a negociar mejores salarios, beneficios y condiciones de trabajo.

Por desgracia, hay información errónea que se difunde en las redes sociales. Antes de dejar que estas falsedades perjudiquen a los más de 200,000 trabajadores que anhelan unirse a un sindicato y ser escuchados con una voz poderosa, veamos los hechos.

اعرف الحقائق: مقترح نيويورك لتوسيع نطاق حقوق عمال العقود المستقلة

يدرس المشرعون في ولاية نيويورك الأمريكية في الوقت الراهن تشريعًا تاريخيًّا لحماية وتمكين أكثر من 200.000 عامل، معظمهم من ذوي الأجور المنخفضة. حيث أمضى هؤلاء العمال وعائلاتهم سنوات طويلة بدون توفير أي نوع من الحماية أو الاستحقاقات التي يتمتع بها معظم سكان نيويورك. إن المقترح المبتكر “الحق في التفاوض” من شأنه إزالة هذا الظلم، حيث سيقر لأول مرة استحقاقات وأنواع من الحماية لعمال التوصيل المتقاسم الأجر، بما في ذلك العمال من غير حاملي الوثائق، وتمكين هؤلاء العمال – في ضوء الحق القائم – للتفاوض على أجور واستحقاقات وظروف عمل أفضل.

 

ومن سوء الحظ، أن هناك معلومات مغلوطة يتم تداولها على منصات التواصل الاجتماعي.  وقبل أن نترك هذه الأباطيل لإلحاق الأذى بما يزيد على 200.000 عامل والذين انتظروا طويلا للانضمام إلى أحد الاتحادات كي يعبروا عن مطالبهم بصوت جهير، دعونا نتعرف على الحقائق ونتوقف عندها.

 

সত্যগুলি কি তা জানুন: গিগ কর্মীদের অধিকার বৃদ্ধির উদ্দেশ্যে নিউইয়র্কের প্রস্তাব

নিউইয়র্ক স্টেটের আইন প্রণয়নকারীরা 200,000 এর বেশি কর্মী, যাদের মধ্যে বেশির ভাগ নিম্ন-আয় ভুক্ত, তাঁদের সুরক্ষিত এবং ক্ষমতাশালী করে তুলতে একটি ঐতিহাসিক আইনের কথা বিবেচনা করছেন। বছরের পর বছর ধরে এই কর্মীবৃন্দ এবং তাঁদের পরিবারগুলি কোন কর্ম নিরাপত্তা এবং সুবিধা ছাড়াই কাটিয়েছেন যা বেশিরভাগ নিউইয়র্কবাসী তাঁদের অধিকারের মাধ্যেই রেখেছিলেন। উদ্ভাবনী রাইট টু বারগেন (Right to Bargain) প্রস্তাবটি সেই অবিচারটিকে সংশোধন করে, রাইডশেয়ার এবং ডেলিভারি কর্মীদের জন্যে প্রথমবারের মত সুবিধা এবং নিরাপত্তাগুলি প্রতিষ্ঠিত করে, যার মধ্যে অর্ন্তভুক্ত অনথিভুক্ত কর্মীবৃন্দ, এবং তার সঙ্গে এই কর্মীদের আরো উন্নত মজুরি, সুবিধা এবং কাজের অবস্থা নিয়ে চলতি দর কষাকষির অধিকারটিকে আরো শক্তিশালী করে তুলেছে।

 

দুর্ভাগ্যবশতঃ, সামাজিক মাধ্যমে ভুল তথ্য ছড়িয়ে পড়ে।  এই মিথ্যাচার 200,000+ কর্মী, যারা ইউনিয়নভুক্ত হতে এবং তাঁদের জোরালো কন্ঠস্বরটি শোনাতে ইচ্ছুক, তাঁদের ক্ষতিগ্রস্ত করার আগে আসুন আমরা সত্যিগুলি কি তা দেখে নিই।

الحقائق ونتوقف عندها.

Вот факты: Предложение Нью-Йорка о расширении прав водителей


Законодатели штата Нью-Йорк рассматривают историческое законодательство для защиты и расширения прав и возможностей более 200 тысяч работников, в основном с низкими доходами. В течение многих лет эти работники и их семьи оставались без средств защиты и пособий, которые большинство жителей Нью-Йорка считают само собой разумеющимися. Новаторское предложение о праве на переговоры исправляет эту несправедливость, впервые устанавливая пособия и защиту для перевозчиков и курьеров, в том числе работников без документов, и при этом наделяет этих работников постоянным правом вести переговоры о большей заработной плате, пособиях и лучших условиях труда.

 

К сожалению, в социальных сетях распространяется дезинформация.  Прежде чем мы позволим этой лжи причинить вред более чем 200 тысячам работников, которые хотят вступить в профсоюз и быть услышанными, давайте посмотрим на факты.

Informez-vous : La proposition de l’État de New York pour étendre les droits des travailleurs à la tâche


L’assemblée et le sénat de l’État de New York étudient un texte de portée historique pour la protection et l’autonomisation de plus de 200 000 travailleurs, pour la plupart à faible revenu. Depuis des années, ceux-ci, mais aussi leurs familles, ne disposent d’aucune des protections et d’aucun des avantages sociaux des salariés que la plupart des newyorkais regardent comme allant de soi. La proposition révolutionnaire du projet de loi sur le droit à la négociation collective (Right to Bargain) remédie à cette injustice, et pour la première fois, crée des avantages sociaux et met en place des protections pour les chauffeurs des services de covoiturage et de livraison, y compris les travailleurs sans papiers. Il leur donne le droit permanent de négocier pour obtenir des salaires plus élevés, des avantages sociaux plus généreux et de meilleures conditions de travail.

 

Malheureusement, la désinformation va bon train sur les réseaux sociaux.  Avant que ces mensonges ne nuisent aux plus de 200 000 travailleurs impatients d’adhérer à une organisation syndicale et de faire retentir une voix puissante, examinons les faits.

حقائق حاصل کریں: نیو یارک (New York) کی طرف سے گیگ کارکنوں کے حقوق کو بڑھانے کی تجویز

 

نیو یارک (New York) کے ریاستی قانون ساز 200،000 سے زیادہ کم آمدنی والے کارکنوں کے تحفظ اور ان کو بااختیار بنانے کے لئے تاریخی قانون سازی پر غور کر رہے ہیں۔ کئی سالوں سے یہ مزدور اور ان کے کنبے مزدوروں کی حفاظت اور فوائد کے بغیر گذار چکے ہیں بیشتر  نیو یارک  کے لوگ اسکی  قدر نہیں کرتے . ۔ سودے بازی کے  حق کے معاملے کی تجویز سے یہ بات درست ہوتی ہے کہ پہلی مرتبہ    مشترکہ سواری (rideshare) اور ترسیل کے کارکنوں کے لئے   فوائد اور تحفظات کا قیام ،  جوکہ  غیر مستند کارکنوں کو بھی شامل ہے ، جبکہ ان مزدوروں کو  باختیار بناتےہوے بہتر  اجرت  کیلئے گفت و شنید کے حق کے ساتھ  فوائد اور کام کرنے کی شرائط   فراہم کرنا ہے۔

 

بدقسمتی سے ، سوشل میڈیا پر غلط معلومات پھیل رہی ہیں۔  اس سے پہلے کہ یہ جھوٹ 200،000+ کارکنوں کو تکلیف پہنچا ے   جو کسی یونین میں شامل ہونے کے خواہاں ہیں اور ایک طاقتور آواز کے ساتھ سنے جائیں  ، آئیے حقائق پر نگاہ ڈالیں۔

तथ्यहरूबारे जान्नुहोस्: गिग् (अस्थायी) कामदारहरूका अधिकारहरूलाई विस्तार गर्ने न्यू योर्कको प्रस्ताव

 

न्यू योर्क राज्यका विधिनिर्माताहरूले ती 200,000-भन्दा बढी कामदारहरूको सुरक्षा एवम् अधिकार निम्ति एक ऐतिहासिक विधेयकबारे विचार गरिरहेका छन्, जसमध्ये अधिकांशको आम्दानी कम्ती छ। वर्षौंदेखि यी कामदारहरू अनि उनीहरूका परिवारहरूलाई न्यू योर्कका अधिकांश कामदारहरूले प्राप्त गरिरहेका सुरक्षा एवम् सुविधाहरू प्राप्त भएको छैन। अभूतपूर्व राइट टू बार्गेन (मोलतोल गर्ने अधिकार)-को प्रस्तावमा यो अन्यायलाई हटाउने प्रावधान छ, यसमा कागजातहरू नभएका कामदारहरूसहित राइडशेयर एवम् डेलिभरि कामदारहरूलाई सुविधाहरू र सुरक्षा उपलब्ध गराउने प्रावधान पनि छ, जो यस दिशामा प्रथमपल्ट हुनेछ, अनि यसबाहेक, यसमा यी कामदारहरूलाई अन्यहरूलाई अगावै प्राप्त ती अधिकारहरू दिइने प्रावधान पनि छ जसको माध्यमले उनीहरूले अधिक मजदुरी, सुविधाहरू, साथै असल कार्य परिवेशको माग गर्न सक्छन्।

 

दुर्भाग्यवश, सोसल मिडियामा यसलाई लिएर दुष्प्रचार गरिँदैछ।  यी झुठोपन र भ्रमले युनियन (संघ)-मा सामेल हुन चाहने साथै सशक्त आवाजमा आफ्ना समस्याहरू प्रस्तुत गर्न चाहने 200,000+ कामदारहरूलाई नोक्सान पुर्याउनुभन्दा अघि नै हाम्रो लागि तथ्यहरूबारे जान्नु आवश्यक छ।

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Call your legislator now to urge them to support our Right to Bargain and ensure drivers have the same essential labor rights as other workers in New York!

Questions & Answers

Not at all. Not only does this bill include a floor, it also includes a groundbreaking solution to building worker power. For the very first time, the Right To Bargain bill will hold the platform companies accountable for paying a minimum wage, providing worker’s compensation and Unemployment Insurance. It creates a floor which will immediately raise the standards for these workers and then builds on that base through contract negotiations. The workers and their union will then be able to negotiate for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions.
Prop 22 was a dead end for workers. It was a corporate scheme to lock the status quo of low status for workers in place and make sure workers never get to join a union and improve their lives.

The Right to Bargain bill is the opposite of Prop 22. Instead of setting a low ceiling for workers it sets a high floor with real Workers Comp (instead of thin “accident insurance”), real unemployment insurance, and discrimination protections. Most importantly, the Right to Bargain bill creates an easy path to unionizing so the workers will have real power going forward to improve their work and their lives with additional compensation and benefits beyond the floor.
To the contrary, this proposal would greatly expand worker protections, immediately lifting up the standard of living for tens of thousands of hardworking New Yorkers and their families. Right now there are tens of thousands of gig workers in this state who have absolutely no protections at all. On top of that, they don’t have the ability to bargain collectively to improve wages and working conditions. With this bill, we can immediately protect those workers and empower them with a union. The bill includes a laundry list of much-needed benefits for gig workers:

  • minimum wage
  • workers compensation
  • Unemployment Insurance (including for undocumented)
  • protection from discrimination
  • union rights
  • termination protection
  • paid benefits

    The bill only addresses these gig workers who have fallen through the holes of our public safety net, the workers who have been unprotected. The bill language specifically excludes all other industries and workforces where workers are classified as employees, so there will be no changes for other workers.

    There’s a long history of workers in emerging sectors of the economy joining together to find new strategies for building power and enough leverage to influence their wages and working conditions. Many of today’s largest labor unions started with a small group of workers forming communities of interest or associations to advance workers’ rights. The Independent Drivers’ Guild is part of this tradition.
  • No. Sadly gig workers are already treated as 2nd class workers or worse all across the United States. This historic legislation is a critical step to correcting that injustice, empowering gig workers and expanding rights and protections to New Yorkers who have been exploited for far too long. Throughout our history New Yorkers have paved the way for workers’ rights. It’s time for New York to lead the nation again by expanding rights to gig workers.
    These companies have killed worker flexibility before, and we have little doubt that they will do it again unless the workers and their union negotiate a bargaining agreement that prevents it. This bill mandates workers retain their flexibility.

    The Independent Drivers Guild spent years fighting to win a minimum wage plus expenses for New York City drivers, but to avoid paying the full wage, the platform companies reacted by kicking drivers off the app, setting up shifts that gave drivers no control over when they could work, limiting access to the app and overall limiting their flexibility. This led drivers to revolt with the nation’s largest gig worker protest to date, shutting down rush hour traffic in New York City.
    Right to Bargain and the PRO Act will work hand in hand to empower gig workers. With a state right to bargain, workers will immediately gain desperately needed protections and begin organizing with their unions. Platform companies have poured over a billion dollars into classification challenges and when the PRO Act passes we anticipate there will be legal challenges. In the meantime, with a state Right to Bargain, workers won’t have to wait for those challenges. Workers can begin organizing right away and gain immediate rights and protections. When the legal challenges have been exhausted, the workers will already be organized in their unions and prepared to successfully be recognized under the NLRA.
    This bill expands access to unemployment benefits and protections to thousands of New Yorkers.

    The Right to Bargain bill requires app companies to pay into an unemployment insurance program, tailored to this workforce’s needs, that protects workers when they are de-activated from an app platform. If a driver loses access to the Uber app, under the current system as long as the driver can download the Lyft app, the driver would not be eligible for benefits. Under Right to Bargain, the driver would be eligible. The bill even includes funding to cover immigrant workers whose working papers have expired, a first in the United States.

    Contrary to some misinformation on social media, the bill specifically states that a worker cannot be disqualified from unemployment benefits for failing to meet company standards, like failing to maintain a 4.5 star rating.
    Yes. This proposal was driven by New York gig workers calling for protections and a right to bargain, a right to unionize. For more than two years state leaders have actively engaged with stakeholders on expanding rights to gig workers. Several hearings have been held regarding establishing gig workers rights where workers testified calling for a right to collectively bargain.

    The International Association of Machinists has been working with New York’s Black Car drivers since the 1990’s. Five years ago they formed the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) to take the lead in finding a way to get these workers into a real trade union. Since then, the Guild has grown. The IDG currently represents over 100,000 drivers in New York, and advocates for thousands more. In a poll of Guild members, 95 percent said they wanted a union with bargaining power and IDG members have been crucial in shaping this bill.

    The IDG is the leading driver organization in the country, whose primary vision is to unite drivers for the right to collectively bargain and give drivers power to negotiate better pay, working conditions, and benefits. The IDG has a history of taking on big fights and securing victories that diverted over $1 billion from the app companies’ coffers into drivers’ pockets, including a $27.86 minimum wage, requiring a tipping option in the Uber app, enhanced benefits, successfully appealing thousands of unfair deactivations, securing restrooms at the airport ride-hail lots and more.
    The IDG is a non-profit and not an established union so it would not qualify as a union under this bill, nor does the IDG seek to qualify. The Machinists Union are hoping to unionize the rideshare and delivery workers, and the Transport Workers Union the delivery workers. Ultimately the choice is up to the workers.
    Passing Right to Bargain legislation would empower more than 200,000 New Yorkers to join a union, the largest organizing gains the state has seen in decades. What’s more, the bill provides a faster path to the bargaining table than exists under federal law. By bargaining once as an entire industry, we not only can bring relief to more workers quickly, we also eliminate the incentive to bust unions. Experts have found that sectoral bargaining results in higher levels of collective bargaining coverage and therefore “it is more effective than enterprise bargaining at reducing income inequality and notably more effective than enterprise bargaining at addressing racial and gender pay gaps.”
    This bill is not just about getting the minimum for these workers. It’s also about establishing a strong base of worker power so that the workers can stand up together for their rights.

    These workers are some of the least protected in New York. They are blocked from unionizing at the federal level. Delivery and rideshare workers have been unable to fight for their rights alone. Now they will be able to fight together. We know what happens when workers unionize: Wages go up, benefits go up, working conditions get better and safer. This is even more true with a workforce that is largely immigrant and people of color. The Right To Bargain bill will bring these kinds of improvements to the lives of delivery and rideshare workers in New York in the years and decades to come.

    The Right To Bargain bill raises the standards for these workers (worker’s compensation, Unemployment Insurance, Minimum Wage, discrimination protections) and then uses that as a base to build on. The union will then be able to negotiate for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions. When federal labor law catches up, like when the Pro Act passes, the workers will already have the power, which is the missing ingredient in so many employer/employee models.
    No. The new law creates a floor of minimum wage and gives workers a way to bargain for fair pay, determining how much they earn when delivering packages or driving passengers. Many workers have multiple apps open at one time, for example, while waiting for their next job and assigning which company should pay during that time is impossible. To deal with these issues, the bill requires workers to be paid a multiple of the minimum wage based on their time delivering packages or passengers to cover other time spent working. Workers are also paid by the mile in addition to cover expenses. This is the approach used in New York City’s historic minimum wage standard for rideshare drivers. We’ve already seen the types of victories that can be delivered when gig workers organize. New York City’s delivery and rideshare drivers with the Independent Drivers Guild won the nation’s first real minimum wage protection for drivers, which raised driver pay by over half a billion dollars per city calculations. With a Right to Bargain, all of New York State’s delivery and rideshare drivers will have a minimum wage guarantee and an ongoing right to bargain for fair pay. The proposal requires that the rate they are paid must be high enough to meet minimum wage standards. The workers and their union will negotiate with the companies for a rate high enough to cover wait time and expenses. If the companies refuse to pay enough, the issue goes to arbitration and a state board that looks to existing minimum wage law to ensure a “worker in a given industry earns at least a minimum wage.” For New York City drivers, the bill sets the current minimum wage as a floor that will remain in place until a bargained for wage is set. No union would accept, and no worker would approve, a lower rate.
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