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Guest Essay: Let’s keep rideshare drivers independent

Dave Beyna, The Sun Chronicle We know this year the status quo for drivers will fundamentally change one way or another and quite frankly, it’s about time. The future of our livelihoods has been on the line for too long. Drivers have been pleading with legislators and voters to make...

Massachusetts’ reliance on the gig economy grows

Mike Deehan, Axios Why it matters: Massachusetts is reevaluating its relationship to gig economy companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart, but the impact app-based services have had on consumers’ way of life is undeniable. What we’re watching: The future of many gig economy workers in Massachusetts is in the hands of...

Diana DiZoglio pro-union audit raises questions about conflict of interest

Joe Battenfeld, Boston Herald Diana DiZoglio’s pro-union audit of the rideshare industry raises questions about whether she’s using her taxpayer-funded office for political purposes and playing favorites with campaign supporters. The release of the audit appears to have been partly coordinated with the Teamsters and a pro-union legislator and used...

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

Adam Bass, Mass Live More than 20 drivers gathered at Worcester City Hall on Tuesday to support a proposed ballot question that would officially classify app-based drivers as independent contractors while also giving them new benefits such as paid time off and healthcare stipends. Many drivers at the rally, such as Lisa...

While labor advocates have continued to push for gig companies to reclassify gig-economy workers, like this Instacart worker here, employees to give them access to more benefits and better wages.. Some workers balked at that notion and have said they enjoy the flexibility being a contractor gives them.DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF

Conductores luchan por beneficios como contratistas

Telemundo Nueva Inglaterra Están expresando su apoyo a una pregunta electoral que garantizará su flexibilidad y su condición de contratistas independientes, al tiempo que les otorgará nuevos beneficios históricos.

Local ride-hailing drivers hoping to remain independent contractors

Cam Jandrow, Spectrum News 1 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...

Dwinel J., driver and Yes for Mass Drivers supporter

Rideshare drivers to voice support for proposed ballot question in Springfield

Kaelee Collins, Emma McCorkin, and Madeline Wilson, WWLP Local drivers and supporters gathered at Omnipoint Cyber Café in Springfield to make their desire for continued flexibility and independence known. There’s been a push at the state level to classify drivers of rideshares like Uber and Lyft as employees rather than independent contractors. Some drivers worry this would in...