Senator Markey Leads Colleagues in Demanding App-Based Delivery Companies Prioritize Driver Safety Following Worker Deaths
More than 50 app-based workers have been killed on the job since 2017 while companies refuse to institute adequate safety protocols
Washington (June 1, 2022) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Representative Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) led five of their colleagues in sending letters today to the CEOs of Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Grubhub, and Instacart stressing the need for app-based delivery companies to prioritize the health and safety of their app-based workers, and to answer for their lack of transparency and accountability in addressing the dangers of ride-share driving and delivery. The letters follow a recent report, published by advocacy group Gig Workers Rising, which found that at least 50 app-based workers have been killed on the job in the United States since 2017, and that 63 percent of the app-based workers killed in the last five years were people of color. In spite of these dangers, the companies have refused to disclose sufficient information regarding attacks on their workers.
“The app-based delivery business model increases the danger,” the lawmakers wrote in their letters to the CEOs of Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Grubhub, and Instacart. “Many app-based delivery companies are known to have tracked their drivers’ cancellation and acceptance rates, and penalized drivers for cancelling or not accepting rides. No driver should face punishment for legitimately declining a ride or delivery they believe would place them in a dangerous situation. Higher pay would also reduce the pressure on drivers to accept rides they deem unsafe.”
“App-based delivery workers are some of the most vulnerable workers in our economy, but [the companies have] not sufficiently protected and supported them in the face of a global pandemic, increasing violence, and economic instability,” the lawmakers continued. “Your refusal to grant them basic insurance and benefits, even in the face of death on the job, and despite their key role in your business, is unacceptable.”
A copy of the letters can be found HERE.
The lawmakers requested the app-based delivery companies’ CEOs provide a response to the letters by June 22nd, specifically:
Senators Richard Blumenthal (D.Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Representatives Stephen Lynch (MA-08) and Seth Moulton (MA-06) joined the letters.