BOSTON, MA—On Monday, Boston-area rideshare drivers, together but socially-distanced in their own cars, will rally at the Massachusetts State House and the Boston Common to demand paid sick leave. The rolling rally will be preceded by a virtual rally and press conference beginning at 11am with Felipe Martinez of Boston Independent Drivers Guild and Senator Elizabeth Warren.
For weeks, rideshare drivers have urged Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to enforce state law and reclassify drivers as employees eligible for paid sick leave (view letter sent March 17). Now, weeks into an escalating crisis, the vast majority of drivers are still denied paid sick leave, including drivers with pre-existing conditions, forcing them to decide between risking their health and the health of their passengers to continue driving or forgoing work and being unable to pay their bills, keep up with their rent or mortgages, and buy food for their families. Misclassification kills, and paid sick leave saves lives.
What: CoronaSafe Rolling Rally for Drivers’ Rights
Who: Felipe Martinez of Boston Independent Drivers Guild and Senator Elizabeth Warren.
When: A virtual press conference and rally will begin at 11am on Monday, April 6 via the BIDG Facebook page. It will be followed by a rolling rally around Boston Common at 12pm.
Where: Boston Common, and online via livestream at the BIDG Facebook page.