People who work for Instacart, Amazon Flex, DoorDash & other platforms to speak out about their work & their lives — and call for change
RSVP to attend Working Washington Gig Worker Speak-Out Wednesday 7/18, online or IRL
There’s plenty of talk about gig economy apps like Uber, Lyft, Instacart, and Doordash from economists, tech executives, politicians, and other Important Thinkers — but the people who do the work haven’t really been heard from themselves. That changes Wednesday at our Gig Workers Speak-Out, when workers on the front lines will share the good, the bad, and the ugly about their work, their lives, and their future at the leading edge of our changing economy.
As state & federal lawmakers explore portable benefits and other approaches to ensure gig workers have the basic rights & benefits every worker needs, this speak-out is a unique opportunity to hear from the workers who are living through it.
Who: Gig economy workers organizing with Working Washington, including people who work for Instacart, Amazon Flex, DoorDash, and other platforms.
What: Speak out about their experiences working in the gig economy & call for change
When: 12:00pm, Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Where: Limited space available in person at 719 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA; unlimited space available at online livestream.
The speak-out is set to include the following workers (and others):
Chris, DoorDash: Chris has spent the last five years working on and off in the gig economy, most recently with DoorDash. Earlier this year, he was facing such low pay from DoorDash that he ended up being kicked out of his home because he was unable to make rent and lived in his car for several months — all while continuing to deliver food for DoorDash for 60+ hours a week.
Mia, Instacart: Mia shops for Instacart on the side of running her own business as a private pastry chef. She says she loves the job because she’s a big fan of grocery shopping, and because the flexibility allows her to work for herself rather than for someone else’s dream. A few months ago, she injured her back while on an Instacart delivery. She was unable to work for a week, and couldn’t access workers’ comp because she’s an independent contractor.
Wafiullah, Lyft: Wafiullah, his brother and roommates are all app-based drivers, and he really appreciates the flexibility and opportunity that app-based work provides for workers, especially those who are new to the US. But he also wants to see the app provide benefits like health insurance and retirement, and he wants to see apps committing to compensating workers for all the time they spend driving.
Corwin, Shipt & Instacart: Corwin’s main gig is delivering groceries with Instacart and Shipt. He loves the freedom of app-based work, but also has direct experience of how people doing this work can fall between the cracks because the jobs lack basic rights & benefits. He was injured on the job, but because he was classified as a contractor, he didn't get workers comp, so he was left with zero income.
Roy, Amazon Flex: Roy does gig work for Amazon Flex on the side of his full-time job in tech, because it provides him with some needed extra income to pay his mortgage and other expenses in high-cost Seattle. He wants to see gig workers making a living wage, and earning benefits that can make them more financially secure — no matter whether or not it's their main source of income.
Kimberly, Lyft & Caviar: Kimberly has been a full-time Lyft driver for more than three years, and has also worked for Caviar and other apps. She was rear-ended while driving, leaving her car out of commission, and leaving her out of a paycheck, for over a month. She wants to see gig workers being given access to things like PTO and unemployment to hold them over when they’re unable to work.
Karla, Center for American Progress: Karla is director of the American Worker Project at American Progress, where she focuses primarily on improving the economic security of American workers by increasing workers’ wages and benefits, promoting workplace protections, and advancing workers’ rights at work. Karla is a frequent commenter on conditions faced by workers in the gig economy and writes on how policymakers can raise standards for these workers.
Several initiatives have recently been advanced to address some of the key issues facing gig workers:
- Washington State Rep. Monica Stonier (D-49th District) introduced legislation last year (HB 2812) which would require app platforms to provide workers comp and other basic benefits to workers classified as independent contractors.
- U.S. Senator Mark Warner has introduced a bill to advance efforts to advance pilot portable benefits programs.
- New York City is currently considering setting a $17.22/hour minimum wage for Uber, Lyft, and other app-based drivers, who are otherwise excluded from basic wage standards.
Contact: Sage Wilson, Working Washington: firstname.lastname@example.org
Working Washington is the voice for workers in our state. Working Washington fast food strikers sparked the fight that won Seattle’s first-in-the-nation $15 minimum wage. Working Washington baristas and fast food workers led the successful campaign for secure scheduling in Seattle, and our members across the state helped drive forward Initiative 1433 to raise the minimum wage and provide paid sick days. We successfully drove Amazon to sever ties with the right-wing lobby group ALEC and improve conditions in their sweatshop warehouses, and got Starbucks to address inequities in their corporate parental leave policy. And we made history once again with the landmark statewide paid family leave law passed last year. For more information, including our press kit, visit workingWA.org.