Here in New York City, new legislation granting protections and rights to delivery app workers goes into effect today. The new laws were pushed by the labor group Los Deliveristas Unidos and essential workers who kept the city running throughout the pandemic. They include a fair minimum wage, tip transparency and access to restaurant bathrooms. Workers say they will continue to push for more protections. This is Councilmember Carlina Rivera, one of the sponsors of the legislation, speaking at a celebratory rally Sunday in Times Square.
Councilmember Carlina Rivera: “Just a reminder of what these deliveristas go through: Remember waist-deep floodwaters to bring you your hot meal, your neighbor’s medicine; violent attacks; theft; and even death. Many of them are not here to celebrate this moment with us. And so this is our obligation, is policymaking with a foundation of immigrant, environmental, disability and gender justice.”