The Drivers Demand Justice coalition is committed to bringing the rights and protections desperately needed by Massachusetts Rideshare workers. The coalition including Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union, the International Association of Machinists, the Chinese Progressive Association, the True Alliance Center, the Merrimack Valley Project, the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, the Union of Minority Neighborhoods, and Latinos Unidos en Massachusetts are championing the historic Rideshare Drivers Justice Bill. If signed into law, the bill would make Massachusetts the nationwide leader for worker rights within the deeply exploitative app-based transportation industry.
Our bill would give drivers the right to form an industry-wide union in Massachusetts. For the first time, Uber and Lyft drivers would be able to negotiate with the app companies over pay, benefits, grievances, and working conditions.
The State will set a minimum rate of pay for trips to make sure that drivers, on average, make $15/hour plus expenses, even including the time you have to wait for your next trip.
Drivers would be covered by workers’ compensation paid for with a surcharge on every trip, even while waiting for a trip.
Drivers would be covered by unemployment insurance paid for by the app companies.
Drivers would be protected by the same discrimination protections (race, religion, etc.) that other workers in MA are.