BIDG Adopts Rideshare Drivers Bill of Rights

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”

Why We Need a Rideshare Drivers’ Bill of Rights

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”

Boston Rideshare Drivers Applaud Attorney General’s Action to Hold Lyft & Uber Accountable

Today, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that her office is seeking declaratory judgement stating that rideshare drivers are employees entitled to minimum wage, overtime, and anti-retaliation protections. Felipe Martinez, Chairman of Boston Independent Drivers Guild (BIDG), released the following statement on behalf of Massachusetts rideshare drivers: “Today’s action by the Attorney General’s Office isContinue reading “Boston Rideshare Drivers Applaud Attorney General’s Action to Hold Lyft & Uber Accountable”

WGBH: Rideshare Drivers Demand Rights, Win Major Ruling In Court Against Uber and Lyft

By Arjun Singh — April 7, 2020 Rideshare drivers in Boston renewed their fight for employee classification from Uber and Lyft on Monday as they protested for benefits like paid sick leave on the Boston Common. Facing major wage losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, drivers won the ability to pursue wage claims against rideshareContinue reading “WGBH: Rideshare Drivers Demand Rights, Win Major Ruling In Court Against Uber and Lyft”

PRESS ADVISORY: Boston rideshare drivers to rally with Sen. Warren to demand drivers’ rights

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 SenatorContinue reading “PRESS ADVISORY: Boston rideshare drivers to rally with Sen. Warren to demand drivers’ rights”

WBUR: Advocates For Uber And Lyft Drivers Urge Legal Action As Coronavirus Response Saps Ridership

March 19, 2020 – By Adrian Ma Until recently, Joel Paul had a full-time job working for a political advocacy group. Then, about a month ago, he got laid off. “Perfect timing for coronavirus to hit,” Paul said. He hadn’t bothered to file for unemployment, “because I thought, ‘Oh, I’ll just switch to driving Lyft.’Continue reading “WBUR: Advocates For Uber And Lyft Drivers Urge Legal Action As Coronavirus Response Saps Ridership”

Letter to MA AG Maura Healey

Attorney General Healey,  I am writing to you today on behalf of the Boston Independent Drivers Guild (BIDG), an independent organization of rideshare drivers for Uber and Lyft in the greater Boston area. As rideshare drivers in Massachusetts are facing an increasingly dangerous situation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and lack of employeeContinue reading “Letter to MA AG Maura Healey”