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?
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”
As a rideshare drivers organization with many members who are immigrants and people of color who face the threat of police brutality every day, we recognize that an injury to one is an injury to all.
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”
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”
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”
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”
Rideshare drivers volunteer to bring residents in need of transportation to their voting locations BOSTON, MA — Today, members of the Boston Independent Drivers Guild (BIDG) transported residents of the greater Boston area to their voting locations to vote in the Massachusetts State Primary. The BIDG members, who endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for President inContinue reading “PRESS RELEASE: Members of Boston Independent Drivers Guild (BIDG) Drive Voters to Polls on Super Tuesday”
BY TAL AXELROD – 11/22/19 04:40 PM EST White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) scored the endorsement of a guild representing Boston rideshare drivers as the Vermont senator works to shore up support among working-class voters. The Boston Independent Drivers Guild (BIDG), which is advocating for collective bargaining rights and unionization for Uber and Lyft drivers, saidContinue reading “THE HILL: Sanders gets endorsement of rideshare drivers guild”
Today, the Boston Independent Drivers Guild (BIDG) announced its endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders for President. BIDG representative Felipe Martinez issued the following statement: “As rideshare drivers in the Boston area, we have seen drivers’ conditions continue to worsen. Many drivers are sleeping in their cars, struggling to feed their families, and working seven daysContinue reading “PRESS RELEASE: BIDG Endorses Sen. Bernie Sanders for President”