Building Solidarity to Hold the Industry & State Accountable
Rideshare Drivers United needs your support. ✊
While some of us are building platforms, programs, and a millionaire class with far-reaching influence, some of us doing the frontline work in our new digital economy are unable to cover basic living expenses. Drivers, shoppers, and warehouse workers, among others, are providing essential services from the brink of destitution. Solidarity that transcends job titles is the best way to respond to this human crisis.
Right now, tech worker solidarity means helping drivers fight for drivers. They are shouldering the first shockwaves of an industry-driven attack on workers and wages that must be stopped. In this time of pandemic and after the devastating passage of Proposition 22, with most drivers unemployed or severely under-employed, your support is critical. RDU must raise $10,000/month to keep up its communications, servers, and organizing while building a movement to win for app-based workers.
Operating on a shoestring budget, RDU’s 19,000 driver-members in California have coordinated statewide and international strikes, lobbied lawmakers, and called and texted over a million voters. They helped ensure the passage of California’s historic AB5, a statute securing app-based workers basic labor protections. But on the precipice of success – with an appellate court issuing an injunction to compel Uber and Lyft to follow the law and pay workers a living wage – gig companies succeeded in overturning it all, spending more than $200 million to deceive voters and pass Proposition 22. Its passage has deprived app-based workers of protections as fundamental as minimum wage, overtime pay, sick leave, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation in one of the most dangerous industries in the country.
Without the support of basic labor protections, all California drivers have is each other – and you. Recurring support is vital, as RDU is volunteer-run with no full-time staff.
- $50 allows RDU to make 500 calls to drivers or send 2,500 texts.
- $175 allows a RDU driver-member to take a day away from driving to focus full-time on organizing.
- $1,000 allows RDU to pay all communication and server costs for a week.
We hope tech workers who are able will consider making a recurring donation today and help us build a better tech industry and a more just world.
Rideshare Drivers United is a 501c4 non-profit. Donations are not tax-deductible. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution.