THE AMERICAN PROSPECT: “Like Uber, but for Gig Worker Organizing”

BY BRYCE COVERT — MARCH 30, 2020 “Instacart seemed like a dream when Elisabeth Davis first found out about it. As a mother of four children with a husband in the Navy—which requires moving around a lot—it rarely made sense for her to get a full-time, traditional job. When the family needed more income, Instacart offered the promiseContinue reading “THE AMERICAN PROSPECT: “Like Uber, but for Gig Worker Organizing””

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”

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

BY ADRIAN MA — MARCH 19, 2020 “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.’ “ But almost immediatelyContinue 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”

PRESS RELEASE: Members of Boston Independent Drivers Guild (BIDG) Drive Voters to Polls on Super Tuesday

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”

THE HILL: Sanders gets endorsement of rideshare drivers guild

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”

PRESS RELEASE: BIDG Endorses Sen. Bernie Sanders for President

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”

BOSTON MAGAZINE: “Boston Uber and Lyft Drivers Will Join an All-Day Strike on Wednesday, May 8”

BY SPENCER BUELL —  MAY 6, 2019 “A group of Uber and Lyft workers in Boston are hoping you’ll turn off the apps for a full day on Wednesday, May 8, when they plan to join cities around the country in a strike. The Boston Independent Drivers Guild, an organization formed last summer, says it is asking driversContinue reading “BOSTON MAGAZINE: “Boston Uber and Lyft Drivers Will Join an All-Day Strike on Wednesday, May 8””

COMMONWEALTH MAGAZINE: “The coronavirus is expanding the safety net”

BY MICHAEL JONAS  —  APRIL 6, 2020 “LIKE MILLIONS OF other US workers, Charlie Burke and Mutwaly Hamid were used to getting up in the morning and putting in long days on the job. But when the coronavirus pandemic shut down huge parts of the economy, they weren’t just left out of work, they were leftContinue reading “COMMONWEALTH MAGAZINE: “The coronavirus is expanding the safety net””