Ride-hailing, delivery drivers rally at the State House for higher pay, union rights | Boston Globe

Hundreds of ride-hailing and and delivery drivers drove in a caravan from East Boston to the State House Wednesday morning to demand higher wages and the right to form a union. High gasoline and maintenance costs are eating into pay from Uber, Lyft, Grubhub, and DoorDash, drivers said, with some of them working 60 hours a week to support their families. Drivers are sometimes suddenly blocked by the apps, they said, instantly losing their income with little recourse.

The drivers were joined by community advocates and unions including the Massachusetts Independent Drivers Guild and 32BJ SEIU, which has been organizing drivers since September.

Gig economy drivers were the focus of a contentious ballot question proposal earlier this year that would have formally classified them as independent contractors, locking in their ability to work whenever they want — but forgoing the full slate of protections they’re entitled to under state law, including forming a union. The Supreme Judicial Court threw out the ballot question in June, ruling that the tech industry-backed initiative was unconstitutional.

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