Seattle passes measures to settle gig workers’ pay and rights


SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a measure that pushes app-based companies like food delivery services to improve wages and other working conditions for gig workers.

Among other things, the legislation that was approved by a 9-0 vote would ensure that app-based workers receive minimum wage plus expenses and tips.

Rates for workers from companies such as DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub would start when drivers accept an order, with the aim of helping drivers – who are contract workers and not employees – earn the minimum hourly wage of 17 $.27 from the city and receive standard mileage. reimbursement set by the Internal Revenue Service.

In a statement, DoorDash criticized the council’s plans and said the proposals would lead to higher costs for customers and reduced incomes for workers.

Councilman Andrew Lewis, one of the sponsors of the legislation, said large segments of the economy are automated with lower wages and poor benefits.

“This bill is the first step in protecting and expanding the rights of workers who use these apps,” Lewis said.

Future legislation being considered by City Council would seek to regulate a range of transparency and fairness issues, including the right to access toilets, protections against discrimination, and protections against unfair disabling of apps that could result in loss. of salary.


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