Rideshare Drivers Coalition Issues Statement on AGO Settlement and Pledges to Continue Fight for Union Rights

BOSTON – A coalition that has organized thousands of rideshare drivers who are seeking union rights applauded a settlement reached today by the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Campbell while also pointing out that rideshare drivers will need a union to ensure the concessions made by the companies in that settlement are both improved upon and enforced both immediately and over the long-term.

The following is a statement from the three principles of the groups that founded the Drivers Demand Justice coalition: Karen Chen, Executive Director of the Chinese Progressive Association; Roxana Rivera, Assistant to the President of 32BJ SEIU; and Mike Vartabedian, Assistant Directing Business Representative of District 15 of the International Association of Machinists:

“Drivers will see improvements thanks to the settlement reached with the rideshare companies today, and we applaud Attorney General Campbell and her team for achieving concessions from the companies. It is essential that drivers have a union to ensure these concessions are protected and improved upon. The settlement underscores once again that drivers have been chronically exploited by these companies – and demonstrates the urgency of their need for a clear and immediate pathway to form a union, so they can have a voice to promote their well-being and defend their rights. Rideshare drivers are calling on the Massachusetts legislature to act swiftly to grant drivers union rights, and in so doing, improve the lives of tens of thousands of families in cities and towns across the Commonwealth.“

The coalition has proposed a bill – the Rideshare Driver Justice bill – to the legislature, and is also supporting a ballot question, either of which would give drivers union rights.