'Lyft provides me with the freedom to manage the afternoons, snow days, half days, holidays, and summer vacations.'
Rideshare and delivery platforms in Massachusetts increase economic activity in the state by $8.3 billion, according to a new independent analysis
More than 6,400 drivers sign petition in support of ballot initiative in Massachusetts
App-based rideshare and delivery drivers in Massachusetts earned well above the state’s 2021 minimum wage of $13.50.
Even in the scenario with the least amount of lost driver jobs, a minimum of 58% off app-based jobs would be lost under reclassification.
Between 49,000 and 74,000 job opportunities across four major ride-hailing and food-delivery platforms could be lost — a drop of 58% to 87%.
A recent survey of app-based delivery and ride-hailing drivers found 81% of drivers support the ballot question — with even greater support from women of color at 86%, all drivers of color at 83% and drivers with school-aged children at 87%.
The highest support came from women (86%), drivers of color (83%), those without college degrees (87%), and drivers who are parents with school-aged children (87%).
When asked to describe the impact of losing their flexibility in one word, Bishop Tony Branch said, “devastating” — a sentiment echoed by the other panelists.
Driving with app-based companies offers people an option to drive part-time while building a business of their own, or to fall back on should an opportunity not work out.