Food delivery workers in New York City are really fresh off winning rights to transparency in tipping. Plus the use of restaurant bathrooms. They have, in fact, joined with ride-share drivers Tuesday to go forward and press for more protections. These include better wages, health care, and the right to unionize.
Food Delivery Workers – Justice for App Workers
The groups do represent approximately 100,000 such app employees. They have gone on to announce the formation of a new coalition, Justice for App Workers. This would push for new measures. Those would “achieve dignity” for the drivers and the city’s fleet of delivery workers.
Immigrants comprise a vast majority of the app workers in New York City. There are reliable statistics on the number of app workers which aren’t available. However, the estimates do put the numbers at the tens of thousands. In fact, many of them have been lured into the industry by the flexibility of their schedules. Also, they need supplemental income from primary jobs. Additionally, it was out of necessity because of the few other options.
Coalition’s Goal is to Foster Advocacy Leading to Significant Movements
Based in New York City are where most of the coalition’s members are. They represent members in parts of neighboring regions. In fact, the coalition does hope its advocacy is going to ripple into impactful movements across the country.
“We stand strong. We are delivery workers or Uber drivers. The workers and drivers are moving to the city. The public wants good food. In fact, we do deliver it to their door,” said Ranjit Geuli. Also, he is a member of the United Delivery Workers Association. He is also a driver for Uber and Uber Eats for five years.”
“There is no protection for us. Our jobs are really unsecured,” said Geuli. He is an immigrant from Nepal. Geuli has, in fact, called for a union at the rally near the City Hall. “It will be a big voice if we all come together.”