Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce officially announced its support for rideshare and delivery drivers’ efforts to secure flexibility and benefits

Chamber representing 2,100 members pledges support for driver flexibility, with increased access to benefits 

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BOSTON, MA – July 12, 2022 – The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce has officially endorsed the ongoing efforts of the Flexibility & Benefits for Massachusetts Drivers committee. The chamber joins a growing list of supporters who stand with drivers in pursuit of maintaining their flexibility and accessing new benefits. 

Drivers who work with app-based companies like DoorDash, Instacart, Lyft and Uber overwhelmingly wish to remain classified as independent contractors to preserve the flexibility that gig work affords them. In fact, 83% of Massachusetts app-based workers support solutions securing their flexibility and access to new company-paid benefits. Flexibility allows drivers the ability to balance other work, go to school and care for loved ones. 

“As the largest chamber in New England representing 2,100 businesses, the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to support flexibility and benefits for app-based drivers,” said Alex Guardiola, Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy for the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. “From rideshare to delivery, drivers are helping our local economy to deliver food and goods to all corners of our communities and to get residents safely to their travel destinations.  We encourage Legislature leaders to work on a solution to preserve flexibility for drivers– which they overwhelmingly support– to protect their livelihood and to protect our local economy.”   

Drivers statewide want to work with legislative leaders in the coming months to shape a better future for app-based rideshare and delivery drivers. Other states have shown that convening drivers, companies, legislative and labor leaders is possible and the Worcester Regional Chamber is joining the fight for similar solutions here in Massachusetts. 

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce joins a broad coalition standing in support of drivers. Supporters include chambers of commerce, businesses, drivers, municipal leaders and tech groups. 

Learn more about the Flexibility & Benefits for Massachusetts Drivers committee at www.yesformassdrivers.org.