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Delivery Workers Can Make $7.09 An Hour. NYC is Changing That.

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For years, New York City’s 65,000 app-based restaurant delivery workers have been excluded from the right to a minimum wage and health insurance because they’re classified as independent contractors and not full-time employees. NYC delivery workers make on average $7.09 an hour. 

Now, things are finally changing. Last week, the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection proposed raising delivery workers’ average hourly minimum wage to $23.82 an hour by 2025 — one of the first plans in the U.S. to bump up pay to cover workers’ expenses and a lack of compensation insurance. 

But delivery workers are arguing the increases is still not enough to meet their real operating expenses. This week, they gathered outside New York City Hall with their supporters to demand an additional $5 increase in the planned wage, arguing an hourly rate of $28.82 would better account for expenses like gas and safety equipment. 

“Deliveristas are the lifeblood of our city’s economy,” said City Council member Shahana Hanif, chair of the Committee on Immigration. “DCWP’s Minimum Pay Proposed Rule is a good start, but I urge our city to listen to our deliveristas to understand what they need to do their jobs and adequately support their families. They deserve better.” 

A public hearing on the proposal is currently scheduled for December 16. 

Read more from Documented’s Amir Khafagy here to learn more about differing opinions on the proposal and efforts elsewhere in the country to address the low salaries of delivery workers. 

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