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Rideshare drivers demand wage hikes

On Wednesday, Aug. 17, a group of rideshare and delivery drivers drove a “protest caravan” from Allston to the Massachusetts State House to demand union rights and higher wages. After months of a contentious back and forth over a ballot measure that would classify drivers as independent contractors, advocates hope to call attention back to their fight for job safety and security.

 

Drivers gathered at noon next to the parking lot behind the Allston Star Market and made their way to the Statehouse, where cars bearing signs that read “Drivers need a union now” and “Uber profits, drivers suffer” honked and blocked traffic on a stretch of Beacon Street.

 

The action was led by members of the Massachusetts Independent Drivers Guild (IDG), a branch of the national group organizing on behalf of app-based drivers and was backed by union leaders from the International Association of Machinists (IAM) and SEIU 32BJ.

 

During the rally, drivers and organizers juxtaposed app-based companies’ high revenues with the struggles of drivers, including work-related expenses and other living costs such as health insurance and housing.

 

“Uber announced record revenue of 8.1 billion dollars for Q2, beating estimates by almost a billion dollars,” IDG representatives said in a statement. “At the same time, app workers are suffering, often making below minimum wage after expenses like record-high gas prices.”

 

Full story at the Bay State Banner.