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12 Oct 2021

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Massachusetts Coalition for Independent Work

ICYMI: Drivers from across Massachusetts discuss ballot question

Four drivers from different parts of Massachusetts joined the video conference with reporters to voice their support for a recently certified ballot initiative, which drivers support by a margin of 7:1, that would grant historic new benefits for app-based rideshare and delivery drivers in the Commonwealth while allowing them to maintain their flexibility as independent contractors.

... The ballot language explicitly states that drivers would earn at least 120% of minimum wage plus pay to cover mileage and vehicle expenses. Unlike employees, drivers also receive tips on top of this guaranteed wage, which makes this a higher earnings floor than offered in countless other industries... The ballot question would make app-based rideshare and delivery drivers in Massachusetts eligible for the same paid sick time benefits that Massachusetts employees enjoy, and enroll drivers in the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave system, which provides up to 26 weeks of paid leave.

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