Bill aims to secure raises and rights for drivers regardless of employment category BOSTON, MA — On Friday, the Boston Independent Drivers Guild (BIDG) filed the Rideshare Driver Bill of Rights with the Massachusetts legislature seeking better pay, a right to form a union, a right to dispute deactivations, and other rights for rideshare driversContinue reading “Press Release: Boston Independent Drivers Guild files Rideshare Driver Bill of Rights in MA Legislature”
After a three month process of discussion and debate among our driver members, the Boston Independent Drivers Guild has finalized our legislative program for Massachusetts. Our Rideshare Drivers Bill of Rights has put drivers behind the steering wheel in determining how to regulate our industry and challenge Uber and Lyft’s assault on worker rights. WhileContinue reading “Rideshare Drivers Draft Their Own Bill of Rights”
BY ANDY ROSEN — JANUARY 13, 2021 “Millions of dollars and countless hours of debate have been spent on a question that could define the future of work in Massachusetts and around the country: Are gig workers such as ride-hail drivers employees of tech companies like Uber and Lyft, or do they work for themselves?Continue reading “BOSTON GLOBE: “Are gig workers employees? The debate in Mass. heats up””
BY SAM DRYSDALE — DECEMBER 22, 2020 “After retiring from a long career in construction, John Pereira wanted to enjoy the benefits of retirement without too much financial stress. He took to driving passengers using the rideshare app Lyft, a job he says gives him the flexibility of a retired lifestyle while helping to payContinue reading “SOUTHCOAST TODAY: “’I am my own boss’: Battle over rights of rideshare drivers continues in Massachusetts””
In California, Uber and Lyft’s ballot initiative to strip drivers of worker rights, Proposition 22, was approved by over 58 percent of voters. This represents a serious blow to the fight for drivers’ rights in that state and around the country.
At its October Membership Meeting last week, the Boston Independent Drivers Guild passed a 10-part Rideshare Drivers Bill of Rights. This platform will be the basis for BIDG’s legislative action, as we fight to take on Uber and Lyft through the Massachusetts state legislature. Now BIDG is organizing to turn this platform into Massachusetts law. Continue reading “BIDG Adopts Rideshare Drivers Bill of Rights”
BY TOM JOYCE — OCTOBER 10, 2020 “Political candidates tout endorsements, which raises the question: what exactly do they mean? When a candidate has an endorsement from an advocacy group or union, what does it say — particularly about their policy positions? New Boston Post reached out to more than 25 organizations that endorse candidatesContinue reading “NEW BOSTON POST: “What’s It Take To Get An Endorsement? 10 Organizations/Unions Explain How””
By Henry De Groot, Executive Director of BIDG Every rideshare driver has their share of complaints about driving for Uber and Lyft. Even if you’ve never been unfairly de-activated, you know about the cuts in pay, the abuse from passengers, the poor driver support, and the ways the TNCs are constantly trying to cheat drivers,Continue reading “Why We Need a Rideshare Drivers’ Bill of Rights”
Threatening to suspend rideshare is not a joke. Should CEOs have the right to shut down major segments of our society in a temper tantrum designed to protect their foreign investors?
BY KATIE JOHNSTON AND ADAM VACCARO — JULY 14, 2020 “The Massachusetts attorney general is suing Uber and Lyft, claiming the ride-hailing companies are misclassifying drivers as independent contractors in violation of a state law that establishes them as employees. As independent contractors, drivers don’t have the right to the minimum wage, overtime pay, paid sick time, unemployment insurance,Continue reading “BOSTON GLOBE: “State sues Uber and Lyft, saying they cheat drivers by calling them contractors””