In Massachusetts, 82% of app-based drivers work 15 hours per week or less. Companies like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart allow drivers to work when and how much they want, providing flexibility for busy parents, students, retirees and small business owners.
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The future of thousands of app-based workers is on the line right now in MA, but there’s a solution to protect your flexibility AND give you more benefits. Get involved!
But this could change.
A lawsuit by the Attorney General could result in the reclassification of drivers as employees instead of independent contractors at the expense of their flexibility and potentially, their ability to earn. This one-size-fits-all approach is not what app-based rideshare and delivery drivers want.
83% of app-based rideshare and delivery drivers support keeping independent contractor status while requiring companies to provide additional benefits.
There is a solution, and it is coming to the ballot in November 2022.
By a 7:1 margin, app-based rideshare and delivery drivers in Massachusetts support the proposed ballot measure, which would give drivers a guaranteed minimum level of earnings as well as new benefits and protections, while securing their flexibility to work where, when, and for how long they want.
This ballot question:
- Secures the overwhelmingly popular flexibility that app-based rideshare and delivery drivers currently enjoy. The ballot question will ensure that rideshare and delivery drivers can continue to work whenever they want, wherever they want, as long as they want, with as many platforms as they want.
- Provides historic new benefits, including healthcare stipends, paid sick time, paid family & medical leave, and occupational accident insurance.
- Guarantees app-based rideshare and delivery drivers an earnings floor of 120% of the state minimum wage ($18 per hour for 2023), not including tips. This is the floor – drivers can always earn more. Drivers will also be guaranteed at least $0.26 per mile towards vehicle maintenance costs – this is money in their pockets in addition to what they can deduct from their taxes.
- Protects app-based rideshare and delivery drivers against discrimination and provides an opportunity to appeal account deactivation – protections that largely do not currently exist for independent contractors in Massachusetts law.
- Trains drivers on critical public safety issues like recognition and prevention of sexual assault and misconduct, collision avoidance and defensive driving, and proper handling of food or grocery deliveries. These trainings will promote the protection of consumers, workers, and the community.
The complete text of the proposed ballot question can be found here.
The future of rideshare and delivery in Massachusetts could be completely upended. Get involved!
Paid for by Flexibility and Benefits for Massachusetts Drivers
Top Contributors: DoorDash, Inc., Lyft, Inc., Maplebear Inc. d/b/a Instacart and Uber Technologies, Inc.
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