With signatures submitted and certified, driver-backed committee launches new video, website
By a margin of 7:1, app-based rideshare & delivery drivers in Massachusetts support the proposed ballot questions.
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BOSTON, MA – December 6, 2021 – With more than 200,000 ballot question signatures now certified and submitted to the Secretary of the Commonwealth, rideshare and delivery drivers are taking their story directly to voters. In a new video launched today by Flexibility & Benefits for Massachusetts Drivers, the committee formed to support the ballot question, a number of drivers joined their voices to explain why this ballot question matters to them.
“I am one of 200,000 independent drivers across Massachusetts,” the drivers echo. “But we all have one thing in common: We drive because of flexibility. Because app-based driving gives us independence. No clocks to punch. No set hours. No boss to answer to except myself.”
Flexibility & Benefits for Massachusetts Drivers will begin running the video through social channels and online this week with an initial ad buy. This marks the first paid ad of the 2022 election season in Massachusetts.
The committee also launched a new ballot question website, www.YesforMassDrivers.org, that highlights driver stories, polling data, independent research reports and recent news, including background on the overwhelming success of California’s Prop 22, which is supported by 87% of California drivers more than one year after its passage.
In Massachusetts, all proposed 2022 ballot questions were required to submit at least 80,239 certified signatures to Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin by December 1. Flexibility & Benefits for Massachusetts Drivers submitted roughly 103,000 signatures that were certified by local clerks for each version of the question. Ballot questions that submit the required number of certified signatures are then introduced to the Legislature for consideration in early 2022.
Included in the Flexibility & Benefits for Massachusetts Drivers ballot question are provisions that would establish an earnings floor equal to 120% of the Massachusetts minimum wage ($18 per hour in 2023 from app-based platforms, before customer tips) for app-based rideshare and delivery drivers, but with unlimited upward earning potential. Drivers would continue to keep 100% of their tips. Rideshare and delivery network companies will be required to pay healthcare stipends for drivers who work at least 15 hours per week, including full stipends equal to 100% of the average employer contribution toward a Health Connector plan premium for those who work an average of 25 hours or more per week. Rideshare and delivery drivers would also earn paid sick time and paid family & medical leave, and be provided with occupational accident insurance.
Without successful passage of a ballot question or a legislative solution, the future of app-based rideshare and delivery could be in jeopardy. A pending lawsuit filed by the Massachusetts Attorney General is attempting to force many app-based drivers into becoming employees, an outcome that drivers have overwhelmingly rejected.
Recent polling shows that 83% of Massachusetts drivers prefer to remain independent contractors while receiving new benefits. By a margin of 7:1, rideshare & delivery drivers in Massachusetts support the proposed ballot questions.