“Uber and Doordash have made billions during the pandemic. They can afford to pay immigrant delivery workers a living wage.”

At today’s hearing of the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing, the City Council will be hearing a package of bills to improve the working conditions of delivery workers, including Intro. 2294, sponsored by Council Member Lander, which would establish a minimum per-trip payment to food delivery workers, in order to guarantee them living wage pay. In advance of the hearing, following a rally with the Workers Justice Project along with sponsors of the other bills in the package, Council Member Lander released the following statement:

“Delivery workers have been feeding us throughout the pandemic, but too often the app companies have been starving them. Many delivery workers earn far less than the minimum wage, even though they perform hard, dangerous, essential work. To prevent app-based companies like DoorDash, Seamless, Uber and Instacart from shortchanging workers, my bill would set minimum pay standards for delivery workers, like we did successfully for Uber/Lyft drivers, to ensure that they earn a living wage.

The delivery companies and their executives have profited mightily during the pandemic. Uber’s revenue from delivery services soared 215% in the first quarter of 2021, as their “take-rate” — the share they take from bookings, that don’t go to drivers or restaurants — grew from 11 to 14%. That’s hundreds of millions that went to Uber, that could have gone to delivery workers. Meanwhile DoorDash revenue jumped threefold, and their CEO received stock worth $400 million.

“I am honored to be working with the Workers Justice Project, whose organizing has helped New Yorkers hear the powerful cry of deliveristas for better pay, safety, and working conditions, and just to be treated as human beings. I’m honored to join Council Members Rivera, Menchaca, and Brannan in sponsoring this set of bills that respond to their rightful demands. Today’s hearing is an important step in winning decent pay and working conditions for these essential workers and valued neighbors.”