New York’s app-based food delivery workers are banding together to demand labor protections and benefits, Karina Piser (France, 2017-2019) writes for Mother Jones.

“The pandemic has helped more Americans acknowledge the paradox of ‘essential’ gig workers, who, after delivering food across the city, line up for food themselves,” a labor organizer told her.

After a protest of some 800 people at City Hall in October, New York City Council members met the organizers and pledged action on their main demands of sick leave, hazard pay, guaranteed access to receipts to monitor where tips go and protection from routine bike theft.

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