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Press Advisory: Boston Independent Drivers Guild Announces New Leadership

Rideshare driver organization elects D. Beth Griffith as Board Chair BOSTON, MA — Today, the Boston Independent Drivers Guild announced the election of D. Beth Griffith as the organization’s new Board Chair, succeeding Felipe V. Martinez in the top leadership role in the organization. Griffith also succeeds Henry De Groot as Executive Director.  Griffith isContinue reading “Press Advisory: Boston Independent Drivers Guild Announces New Leadership”

VICE: “Drivers Are Protesting a Proposition 22 Clone In Massachusetts”

BY EDWARD ONGWESO — MARCH 4, 2021 “On Thursday, app-based drivers are rallying at the Massachusetts State House in opposition to a bill that they say is a clone of Prop 22, the California ballot initiative funded by gig companies that carved out an exemption from following state labor laws. Massachusetts Bill HD2582, also knownContinue reading “VICE: “Drivers Are Protesting a Proposition 22 Clone In Massachusetts””

Press Advisory: Boston Rideshare Drivers To Rally At State House To Keep Prop 22 Out of Massachusetts

Drivers to MA legislators: “Back the drivers’ bill, not Uber’s bill” BOSTON, MA — Tomorrow, Boston-area rideshare drivers will rally at the Massachusetts State House to tell legislators to oppose Uber and Lyft’s efforts to bring California’s disastrous Prop 22 to Massachusetts. The bill proposed by Uber and Lyft, “An Act Establishing A Portable BenefitContinue reading “Press Advisory: Boston Rideshare Drivers To Rally At State House To Keep Prop 22 Out of Massachusetts”

Press Release: Boston Independent Drivers Guild files Rideshare Driver Bill of Rights in MA Legislature

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”

Rideshare Drivers Draft Their Own Bill of Rights

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”

BOSTON GLOBE: “Are gig workers employees? The debate in Mass. heats up”

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””

SOUTHCOAST TODAY: “’I am my own boss’: Battle over rights of rideshare drivers continues in Massachusetts”

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””

What Prop 22 Means for Massachusetts Drivers

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.

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