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Brad Lander @bradlander
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Establish a minimum pay standard for Uber/Lyft drivers is part of our broader work to raise-the-floor for workers in the gig-economy, which we launched back in 2016:
First, working closely with @freelancersu, we passed the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act,” making NYC the first city in the country to make sure independent workers don't get stiffed, by providing a right to full and timely payment and new tools for enforcement.
In the first year w/the Freelance Isn't Free Act, freelancers in NYC recovered over $250K in stolen wages.

And we believe it will go dramatically higher in future years as people learn about it, so please help spread the word:
But we aren't anywhere close to done. It's no secret that the "gig economy" has grown massively in recent years, and that our social safety net has net kept pace, or even come close. We can't wait for Washington. Here's some of what we should do next.
1. Clarify the application of the NYC Human Rights Law to protect independent and contingent workers from discrimination.
2. Pilot new “portable benefits funds” – for drivers, domestic-workers, day laborers, and freelancers – to offers benefits (e.g. unemployment benefits, retirement security, sick-days, health care) that traditional employees receive through their workplace.
3. Establish new frameworks that provide gig-economy workers with the ability to organize and shape the wages and conditions of their work. The NYC Council passed an innovative new model for fast-food workers. Seattle has a similar model for FHV-drivers.
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