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NYC Set to Pass New Laws Protecting App-Based Gig Workers After Push by Delivery Workers

HeadlineSep 23, 2021

New York’s City Council is poised to pass a first-in-the-nation slate of municipal laws protecting app-based food delivery workers. The legislation was first proposed by the labor organization Los Deliveristas Unidos, whose members primarily use electric-powered bicycles to rush restaurant orders around the city. The workers are fighting to secure the tips they earn, the right to access restaurant bathrooms, disability benefits in case of an accident, and better security to prevent bicycle theft. They also say they’re misclassified as independent contractors, making them exempt from labor protections like New York’s $15-an-hour minimum wage.

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