I wrote about how delivery work in New York has evolved to become extremely fast, dangerous, and precarious, and about how workers are fighting to change things. For @NYMag and @Verge:
Apps place all the physical practicalities of actually getting food to customers on the workers, who improvise solutions. They buy e-bikes and use garages for shelter. It’s effective but costly. A fully outfitted bike is about $2500, garages $120 a month. theverge.com/22667600/deliv…
Late last year, rising bike thefts galvanized workers. The thefts were often violent, and police rarely took them seriously. I met workers who were discouraged from filing reports, visited precincts multiple times, called 911 and never heard back. curbed.com/article/nyc-de…
Workers formed the group Los Deliveristas Unidos and lobbied for security, regulation, and better working conditions. Others formed volunteer civil guards and started tracking down stolen bikes themselves. curbed.com/article/nyc-de…
There are thousands of delivery workers across the city at any given time and they can respond extremely quickly to thefts. They patrol dangerous bridges and recover stolen bikes, but it’s risky — workers have been stabbed and attacked in the process. theverge.com/22667600/deliv…
Watch the film by @danilorparra, who followed workers on the job
Many thanks to @philip_nyc for the powerful photos, to @gvsmith and @knguyen for their thoughtful editing, and to the many workers who shared their stories.

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14 Sep
My story about NYC delivery workers cited a study by @workersjusticep and @cornellilr. It has a lot of other disturbing data, including that 49% have crashed on the job. Nine have been killed so far this year losdeliveristasunidos.org/ldu-report theverge.com/22667600/deliv…
Delivery workers often complain about being sent long distances for tiny orders, particularly fast food. The study found that 77% of workers said most of their orders came from major fast-food chains, with McDonalds, Burger King, Chipotle, and Popeyes among the top offenders.
Though apps often position the work as a part-time supplement, in New York it is overwhelmingly a full-time job: 2/3rds of workers deliver six days or more a week. 85% said it was their main or only job.
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Three years ago, Trump sent Foxconn to Wisconsin. It was supposed to build a world-class manufacturing hub employing 13,000 people. It’s been a disaster. theverge.com/21507966/foxco…
Foxconn never had a concrete plan for what to do in the state and has spent the last several years careening from idea to idea (exporting dairy, farming fish, literally anything that would make money). One idea that stalled early was actually making LCDs. theverge.com/21507966/foxco…
Foxconn did maintain a consistent commitment to two things: getting ready for a White House visit, and hiring enough people to get subsidies from Wisconsin. It hired dozens of people just before the subsidy deadline, though many had nothing to do. Many have since been laid off.
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