Seattle City Council is voting on the first of a series of policies that would require application-based companies, such as food delivery services, to improve wages, transparency and other working conditions for gig workers.
The Seattle Times reports that if bills pass, they will ask companies to pay per minute and per mile rates to delivery drivers in apps like DoorDash, UberEats and Grubhub.
Tariffs would start when drivers accept an order, in an effort to help drivers who are contract workers, not employees, earn the city’s minimum wage of $ 17.27 and receive a standard mileage refund set by the Internal Revenue Service.
In a statement, DoorDash criticized the council’s plans, calling for an impact study to be completed before the vote. The company said the proposals would lead to higher customer costs and lower revenue for workers.
City Councilor Lisa Herbold says companies should find a sustainable business model that allows workers to earn a fair wage.
“This is an expensive city to live and work in. If paying employees a minimum wage is the only way companies can support their model, then it should be considered whether or not their business model really works. Herbold said, adding DoorDash. reported revenue of nearly $ 5 billion in 2021, up 69% from 2020.
“I don’t think paying minimal compensation is a threat to their business model.”
Future legislation under consideration by the City Council would regulate a number of issues of transparency and fairness, including the right to access toilets, protection against discrimination and protection against unfair disabling applications that could lead to loss of pay.
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