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 GLOBE: “State sues Uber and Lyft, saying they cheat drivers by calling them contractors”

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””

NEW YORK TIMES: “Massachusetts Sues Uber and Lyft Over the Status of Drivers”

BY KATE CONGER AND DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI — JULY 14, 2020 “Uber and Lyft should treat their drivers in Massachusetts as employees with the right to receive benefits, instead of misclassifying them as independent contractors, the state’s attorney general said in a lawsuit filed against the ride-hailing companies. The suit, made public on Tuesday, makes MassachusettsContinue reading “NEW YORK TIMES: “Massachusetts Sues Uber and Lyft Over the Status of Drivers””

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”

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 rideshare companies moreContinue reading “WGBH: “Rideshare Drivers Demand Rights, Win Major Ruling In Court Against Uber and Lyft””

GLOUCESTER DAILY TIMES: “Bay State Tuesday Midday Update”

BY CHRIS LISINSKI —  APRIL 7, 2020 “Lawmakers Call for Ride-Hailing Driver Protections: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and state Rep. Mike Connolly joined ride-hailing drivers Monday in a call for companies such as Uber and Lyft to classify workers as full-time employees with greater protections during the coronavirus crisis. Warren told drivers that the companiesContinue reading “GLOUCESTER DAILY TIMES: “Bay State Tuesday Midday Update””

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”