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June Newsletter

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Statement on George Floyd and Civil Unrest

Gig Workers Matter supports the Black Lives Matter movement and the calls for justice for the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other African Americans impacted by racism and police misconduct. Black and brown working people are the heart of the gig economy, and our fight to be heard is a fight for economic equality for our brothers and sisters who work for app-based platforms such as Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart. We stand in solidarity with organizations calling for transformative change in our country and are launching an initiative below to do our part.

In This Update

 1. Fundraiser and Community Mutual Aid

2. Legislative Update: Victory

3. Health and Safety Collaboration with UIC School of Public Health

4. Documentary Film Collaboration: Driver Profiles

5. New Advocacy Campaign


Fundraiser and Community Mutual Aid 

We are planning an effort to raise money for a charitable cause which aims to support families affected by job loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details will follow shortly. If you’re a driver and can help out by making deliveries of food, or have received unemployment compensation and would like to donate, please e-mail gigworkersmatter@gmail.com and we’ll be in touch! 

Legislative Update

Our recently launched advocacy tool generated over 100 submissions to Illinois elected representatives calling for a limit to the renewal of the Transportation Network Provider (rideshare) bill in Illinois. We kept the renewal to one year versus five years, which will bring Uber and Lyft back to the negotiating table for better driver benefits. We partnered with AFSCME on this effort and look forward to meeting with the sponsors of the legislation in the summer. Thanks to all the drivers who participated in this effort! 

Health and Safety Collaboration 

We are super excited to be working with UIC’s School of Public Health on a health study of rideshare drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned – by helping out, you can earn a free gift card for filling out a short survey. 

Gig the Doc: Documentary Film 

We were contacted recently by a group of young filmmakers working on a new documentary about the gig economy and they’d like to hear from drivers like you! What’s your story? Submit a short video about yourself via their website or our handy video capture tool. Maybe you’ll be the next Tiger King of rideshare! 

New Advocacy Campaign 

Last but not least, we are joining a nationwide collective of gig work advocacy organizations to sponsor a new petition asking for full benefits for freelancers and gig workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Please click through and show your support. Thanks! 

Whew, that was a lot to cover! If you want to stay updated on the latest news, or want to pass this onto a friend, simply sign up for updates via the link below. We appreciate all of our supporters. Stay healthy and stay strong!

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Gig the Doc: Your story?

Trailer for Gig the Doc

We are very excited to be collaborating with a group of filmmakers creating a new documentary about the gig economy. They reached out to us to hear stories from drivers about working this new way. Here’s a snippet from Zak Norton from the group.

We hope this finds you well and healthy in these unusual times. My name is Zak and I’m the producer of a new documentary about the gig economy. Our documentary project is focused on telling the stories of the gig workers in the streets – the workers who have to choose between risking their lives on the job or not being able to put a roof over their head. We would love to hear your story about your gig work; how do you feel about it and how it has treated you? You can upload a video/audio of your story on our website: gigthedoc.com. You can also follow us Facebook and Instagram (@gigthedoc).

Thank you for your consideration and we hope to hear from you soon! Stay safe out there.

Want to participate? You can submit your own video to their website, or even easier, use our video capture tool below. It works with no download, no account and you can use your own phone to record a short segment. We’ll make sure it gets to the filmmakers. Thanks for participating!

https://app.videopeel.com/ka7dk2q9

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COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

We were able to obtain a copy of the city of Chicago’s guidelines for rideshare and taxicab drivers to maintain health and safety standards as the city begins to move into Phase 3 of the plan to re-start business services.

Drivers, what do you think? Are these reasonable and appropriate? If you kept driving during the past 2 months of quarantine, have you followed these precautions? What’s been your experience with passengers? Please comment below or on our Facebook page. Thanks!