On-demand and on-the-edge: Ride hailing and Delivery workers in SF
App-based work is a visible, yet not transparent, sector of our economy. More and more Bay Area residents work as ride-hailing and delivery workers at companies like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart to make ends meet, but because these workers have historically been classified as independent contractors, little is known about their take home pay and working conditions.
On May 20, 2020, a team of researchers and advocates from UC Santa Cruz, Jobs with Justice San Francisco and the San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission shared key insights from a large scale survey of these workers in San Francisco conducted before, and during, the COVID-19 crisis.
The research and advocacy team also connected this work to broader trends in the tech sector in an op-ed that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle last week: “Elon Musk Reflects Silicon Valley’s ‘Move Fast and Break Things’ Culture.”
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- Bryan Goebel is the executive officer of San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission and previously spent eight months as a full-time on-demand bicycle courier. He is a former award-winning journalist who most recently served as a transportation reporter for KQED Public Radio and the editor of Streetsblog San Francisco.
- Chris Benner is the Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, Director of the Everett Program for Technology and Social Change, and a Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Rooted in an urban political ecology approach, his research examines the relationships between technological change, urban and regional development, and structures of economic opportunity.
- Kung Feng is the Executive Director at Jobs with Justice San Francisco, a labor and community coalition that fights for working class power broadly through campaigns for workers’ rights, racial justice, public education and affordable housing. He co-founded Bay Resistance, a project that has mobilized thousands in resistance to attacks from Trump and the Right. He started as a rank-and-file union activist organizing workplaces from the bottom up and organized immigrant workers while at UNITE HERE, the union of hotel and restaurant workers. An activist with Asians4BlackLives, he’s always ready to take action for our communities.