Essential but Unprotected: App Delivery Drivers in NYC
We care deeply about where our food comes from, scrutinizing how it’s grown to who prepares it and the values of the companies along the supply chain. Do we care about the person who takes it the last mile, delivering it to your door? In 2020 delivery workers in NYC created Los Deliveristas Unidos demanding five essential rights: a living wage, essential protection from theft, violence, wage theft, and safety hazards. They are still essential and unprotected. On this episode, host Jenifer Leuzzi talks with Ligia Guallpa, executive director of the Worker’s Justice Project (WJP), and Josh Wood, delivery driver and leader of Los Deliveristas Unidos (LDU) about how the current ecosystem of delivery apps de-humanizes workers, and the real world costs of convenience.
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