May 2024

Say hello to May. Rideshare and delivery drivers across the state continue to show up to support their flexibility and independence, and we’re not stopping anytime soon. One of the best ways to amplify their voices is by sharing their stories – how many can you count in this month’s newsletter?

ICYMI 🔉

We’re now live on TV! Keep an eye – and ear – out for app-based rideshare and delivery drivers sharing their stories on your local channels. Click here for a sneak peak.
Last month, drivers, community business leaders, and supporters gathered in Worcester to voice their support for FAB’s ballot initiative. Drivers shared their stories on why they value their independence and business leaders were able to provide further insight into how important app-based work is to supporting the local community.

Read about it in the news: 

Ride-share drivers rally in Worcester to support contractor work, benefits (MassLive)

Dignemar Figueroa, a Worcester resident who drives for companies such as DoorDash and Uber, does not dream of a life where she works full-time. As a mother of two young children and as someone taking classes at Quigsmond Community College, Figueroa told MassLive her schedule could not accommodate an eight-hour workday as an employee.

Local ride-hailing drivers hoping to remain independent contractors (SpectrumNews1)

Robert Powers is a former taxi driver who has been driving for Lyft and Uber for two years. Being able to work when and where he wants is part of the appeal of being a ride-booking driver. “You’re your own boss,” Powers said. “I live here in Worcester. A lot of times, you end up wherever you end up. And it’s good to stop when you want to stop. A couple weeks ago, I was in Fall River and I saw Battleship Cove. I stopped and I went and looked around the battleship.”

Powers was one of a number of drivers behind Worcester City Hall advocating that he and his colleagues remain independent contractors and not employees​.

  1. Meet the drivers 🗣️

Ileana B., of Whitman, MA. Ileana is originally from Sao Paolo, Brazil. She began driving in 2017 to help make ends meet when she lost her job. Caught in a bind without unemployment insurance, Ileana was grateful to be able to earn a living quickly and on her own terms. She enjoys working for herself and being her own boss. Meeting new people throughout her drives is just another plus! Ileana says, “My quality of life has improved 1000%. I have time for myself, time for my family, and time to travel at my leisure.”

For Ileana, flexibility is not just a security blanket, but a necessity to live the life she wants. She no longer has to sacrifice precious family time in commuting to and from work and has peace of mind knowing she is not at the mercy of an employer who doesn’t care about her. If her flexibility were taken away, Ileana would stop driving, and would most likely have to leave the home she has in Massachusetts for a less expensive place to live. 

  1. What does independence mean to us? 🎙️

Vennetia P. has worked the traditional 9-5, and that did NOT work with her lifestyle. Her independence to drive whenever she wants allows her to fulfill her most important role yet – being a mom. Recently, Vennetia sat down with WBUR’s Radio Boston to share her story, click here to listen to a soundbite on X…and give us a follow while you’re at it. 😉 

Lisa M. loves the freedom to look after her grandchildren at a moment’s notice while still being able to earn a living. She can travel to her family’s campsite to spend time with loved ones, or head to medical appointments and earn money throughout her commute. Click here to listen to Lisa’s story on the “My Miles My Story” podcast hosted by Jimmy Hills.

  1. Drumroll, please 🥁

Join us in welcoming our latest endorser: Mayor of West Springfield, Will Reichelt

FAB keeps growing every day. We continue to meet with community and business leaders across Massachusetts. If you would like us to get in touch with an organization in your town or city, let us know. We’d love to connect! If you’d like to endorse FAB, click here and fill out the form

  1. Pop 💥 quiz

How many drivers across the state drive fewer than 20 hours per week?

Tune in next month for the correct answer.

April’s pop quiz answer: FAB makes 20,000 calls a month to connect with drivers across Massachusetts. 

  1. There’s power in numbers 🤝

Interested in getting involved or want to refer a friend? Click here and fill out our Get Involved form and a member of our team will contact you!

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April 2024

Hello April! We hear April showers bring May flowers, but what we really care about is securing rideshare and delivery drivers’ flexibility and independence. 

ICYMI 🔉

James “Jimmy” Hills is the host of FAB’s newest podcast: My Miles My Story. Tune in monthly to hear Jimmy speak with rideshare and delivery drivers across the state who rely on their flexibility and independence to earn income on their own terms!

Our first episode features Awet Teame – an app-based driver from Brookline who has been on the road for 7  years. Click here to listen to her story! 

We are proud to sponsor this upcoming event:

Anointed for Business Hispanic Women’s Conference on April 13th, from 8am – 5pm. 

  1. Meet the Drivers 🗣️

Leonardo N. of Randolph, MA. Leonardo immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic on a scholarship to pursue his education at Harvard University. He began driving part-time following a layoff from the biotech company he worked for as a senior biomedical engineer. Leonardo quickly realized how driving was supplementing a stable income for him and to his delight, chose to drive full-time. 

As Leonardo says, “One of the many things that I am grateful for is the flexibility to drive as many hours as I NEED – not want; this was super helpful as I searched for employment that suited my level of education and experience.”

From all the conversations he had with passengers on the road, Leonardo realized he wanted to work with students because they reminded him of his own story. He was able to successfully transition into teaching, but has chosen to continue driving part-time. Now as a father of three, including one currently in college, there are extra financial responsibilities his family has. Because of his flexibility, Leonardo is able to continue his career, meet all his financial needs and pursue his own goals while having peace of mind. 

  1. 📺 What’s the Latest? 

Hello Springfield!

Last month, we gathered in Springfield to show support for FAB’s ballot initiative. Drivers attended to demonstrate that they want to keep their flexibility and independence to choose to drive when and for however long they want.

Watch a news clip from 22News:

Rideshare drivers to voice support for proposed ballot question in Springfield (WWLP)

Local rideshare and delivery drivers are voicing concerns over what they call a threat to their independence.

We testified before the Special Joint Committee on Initiative Petitions on March 19th 

In accordance with Massachusetts election laws, the next step for a ballot question after obtaining a certification from the Secretary of State is to testify before the legislature. Legislators have until the first Wednesday in May to either pass the ballot initiative, offer a suggested replacement or fail to act.

HUGE thank you to all the drivers who committed their time to attend the hearing and share their stories. 

Read more below: 

Ballot questions could decide employment status for rideshare workers in Mass. (The Patriot Ledger)

A special bicameral committee of lawmakers meeting for hours Tuesday heard the pros and cons of the ballot initiatives, now numbering six with different yet related questions. One initiative would create a pathway for the app-based workers to unionize. Five other measures that proponents promise will be merged into one by fall would determine their status as either independent contractors or employees. 

  1. Shoutout to our Sponsors 🙏

Join us in giving a warm welcome to our latest endorsers: Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce and Chamber of Progress

Our team continues to meet with community leaders across the Commonwealth to grow our grassroots network. Is there a local organization in your town or city that you would like us to connect with? Reach out to us! We’d love to chat. 

A special thank-you to the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director Jordan Hart, who testified in support of drivers’ independence at the recent  Special Joint Committee on Initiative Petitions hearing

  1. Pop 💥 quiz

How many calls a month does FAB make to connect with drivers across Massachusetts? 

Tune in next month for the correct answer.

March’s pop quiz answer: 20,000 drivers (!!) have joined the campaign’s effort to keep driving independent and flexible.

  1. We are F-A-Bily, Get Up Everybody and Sing 🎶

Interested in getting involved or sharing your story? 

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March 2024

It’s March, you know what that means…Spring is right around the corner, and we’re bracing for the March Madness excitement. 

Did you know?

Rideshare and delivery platforms can increase economic activity in Massachusetts by as much as $8.3 billion annually, according to a 2022 study by Leo Feler, PhD, a senior economist at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Save the date:

  • March 19: At 10AM the Special Joint Committee on Initiative Petitions will hear testimony related to FAB’s ballot question. Reply to this email if you’re interested in more information about how you can support Flexibility and Benefits with your local legislators.
  1. Meet the Drivers 🗣️

Javad M. of Lawrence, MA. Javad is originally from Pakistan and has been an app-based driver for nearly 11 years. Thanks to a conversation with one of his co-workers years ago,  he first learned about gig work— an encounter he describes as a turning point that changed his life. When Javad first began driving part-time, he was able to take advantage of the few hours he had to spare to provide financial support to his parents and brother back home. As his family grew here in the states and he welcomed his own children, he started picking up more hours driving. Still, because he is rarely able to go home and visit his family in Pakistan, it’s extra important to him to foster an environment where his kids feel he is present and available whenever they need him. 

The flexibility Javad has to drive allows him to handle drop-off and pick-ups at school, volunteer at his local mosque and support his wife and her education. As Javad puts it, “Uber helped me fulfill my American dream and now people who don’t even drive are trying to take that away.” A traditional job in any other industry would not give Javad the flexibility and freedom he needs to support his family financially and emotionally. 

  1. 👀 What’s the Latest? 

Just as expected…

Special interests are asking our state’s Supreme Judicial Court to block our ballot efforts once again, but we are confident we’ll overcome this legal challenge and Massachusetts voters will be able to make their voices heard this November.

Today’s must-read story

New Gig Work Ballot Question Lawsuit Explained (CommonWealth Beacon)

While there’s a lot of uncertainty around these new pay rules, it has become clear that they aren’t working right now. 

  1. Special Shoutout to our Sponsors 🎤

Join us in giving a warm welcome to our latest endorsers: the Neponset River Regional Chamber, the Greater Holyoke Chamber, and the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce.

Our team continues to meet with community leaders across Massachusetts to grow our grassroots network. We are thrilled to see the support for Flexibility andBenefits continue to grow each day!

Are you in the Holyoke area?

On Sunday, March 17th, Holyoke will be hosting its 71st St. Patrick’s Parade. FAB is a proud sponsor of festivities that bring our communities together like this one, don’t miss the fun.

  1. Pop💥 quiz

How many drivers have joined the movement to secure flexibility and benefits?

Tune in to next month’s newsletter for the correct answer.

February’s pop quiz answer: There are around 200,000 app-based drivers in Massachusetts!

  1. Birds of a Feather Flock Together🐦

Interested in getting involved?

Click here and fill out our Get Involved form and someone from our team will contact you!

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February 2024

Welcome to the first edition of the Flexibility & Benefits for Massachusetts Drivers’ (FAB) monthly newsletter! FAB is a ballot question committee dedicated to supporting the flexibility and independence of app-based rideshare and delivery drivers in the Commonwealth. 

We’d like to give a special shout-out to a few of our endorsers including the Worcester Chamber, One SouthCoast Chamber, and the United Regional Chamber for their ongoing support — thank you!

Did you know? Drivers made 60.6 million trips all across Massachusetts in 2022 — bringing students to school, customers to local businesses, and seniors to medical appointments, and more.

It’s February already. Time to shake off the holidays and kick it into drive. 


  1. Meet the Drivers 🗣️

Debra J. of Plymouth, MA. Debra, whose family originally came to the United States from Cape Verde, has been an app-based driver since 2013. She has two married daughters with a combined five grandchildren and a sixth on the way! The ability to control her own schedule is what initially drew Debra into the industry. Driving for the apps has allowed Debra to not only make ends meet while on a fixed income, but to have enough time and money to engage in her favorite pastime – spoiling her grandchildren. More traditional jobs, with fixed scheduling, wouldn’t allow Debra the type of flexibility and freedom needed to have the same lifestyle she has grown accustomed to while driving with rideshare.

Debra urges the public to listen to what drivers want, stand with them and help them keep their flexibility and freedom as independent contractors!

  1. 👀What’s the Latest? 

10 months until Election Day!

Our ballot question has been certified by Secretary Galvin and delivered to the Legislature! The next step will be a legislative hearing in early Spring.

Today’s must-read story

MCAS, legislative audit ballot questions advance toward November ballot (The Boston Herald)

For years I have been working to pass these measures because drivers like me want control over our own lives and schedules. Now we can get back out there and talk to voters, and I know they will stand with us and support our independence,” Worcester-area rideshare driver Luis Ramos said in a statement provided by the group backing the classification questions.

  1. You’ve got questions 📬 

What is this ballot question?

This ballot measure is a historic, groundbreaking approach for Massachusetts that will establish a guaranteed minimum level of compensation, ensuring that drivers never make less than 120% of minimum wage while completing rides or deliveries, and new benefits and protections for app-based drivers, while securing their flexibility to work where, when, and for how long they want.

What will the ballot question do for app-based drivers?

The ballot question:

  • Secures the overwhelmingly popular flexibility that app-based rideshare and delivery drivers currently enjoy. The ballot question will ensure that rideshare and delivery drivers can continue to work whenever they want, wherever they want, as long as they want, with as many platforms as they want. 
  • Guarantees app-based rideshare and delivery drivers an earnings floor of 120% of the state minimum wage (i.e., $18 per hour for 2024) while completing rides or deliveries, not including tips. This is the floor – drivers can always earn more. Drivers will also be guaranteed at least $0.28 per mile toward vehicle costs – this is money in their pockets in addition to what they can deduct from their taxes. 
  • Provides historic new benefits, including healthcare stipends, paid sick time, and occupational accident insurance. 
  • Protects app-based rideshare and delivery drivers against discrimination and provides an opportunity to appeal account deactivation – protections that largely do not currently formally exist for independent contractors in Massachusetts law. 
  1. Come on in, the water’s fine 🤝

Want to get involved?

Click here and fill out our Get Involved form and one of our incredible team members will connect with you. 

  1. Pop💥quiz

How many rideshare drivers are there in Massachusetts?

Find the answer in next month’s newsletter. 

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