Support Legislation to Give
Delivery Workers Benefi ts
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BRONX TIMES REPORTER, J 12 UNE 11-17, 2021 BTR
I’m a New Yorker through and
through. I was born and raised in the
city and now I live in the Bronx. I love
being from the city that never sleeps
and is the greatest city in the world. It
was hard this past year to see NYC shut
down and people afraid or unable to go
out. With hardly any events, it didn’t
look anything like the city I call home,
but I always knew that New York
would come back.
I’ve worked in the restaurant industry
for years. It’s long hours and
can be diffi cult at times, but I fi nd
it really rewarding. The pandemic
crushed our industry and if you were
lucky enough to fi nd work, it was really
unreliable. As restaurants began
laying employees off and ultimately
shutting down, I leaned on DoorDash
for most of my income. Doing food deliveries
helped me survive this past
year without my regular work.
I always missed my full-time work
in restaurants, but being a Dasher has
been nice because I have fl exibility to
work whenever and wherever I want.
So if I did get some part-time work at
another restaurant or bar, I wouldn’t
have to ask my boss about time off for
y shifts, because I get to decide when
and how I work. My one complaint is
that there aren’t many benefi ts and I
don’t have the safety net like a traditional
job provides. So, as I work for
DoorDash a lot right now, I worry that
I don’t have these protections for both
my son and me.
Last week I read that some unions
and New York legislators are trying
to make a law that would make sure
I have basic protections if something
happens to me or I can’t work, and
gives me a voice with the union to negotiate
better pay and benefi ts.
It’s about time people realize that
New Yorkers don’t all make money
with a 9 to 5 job. It sounds like this legislation
understands how people like
me actually work and put food on the
table and make ends meet. It is nice
being able to pick when I work and for
how long, but my earnings can be unpredictable.
I support the unions who
understand this and hope they can get
it done for people like me. Having a
little more certainty, but keeping that
fl exibility is key. It’s a big deal.
So it’s ridiculous to hear people
complain about a law that could actually
give workers benefi ts and help
them earn more money and more consistently.
They are basically saying
they don’t like it because it isn’t perfect.
Wake up, life isn’t perfect and doing
something is way better than doing
nothing. We all know politicians
in DC aren’t going to do anything, so
I think it is good we’re just going it
alone in New York to do it our way.
With summer almost here and
the city open for business, I hope
this passes this year. New York is the
home of people who get things done.
Tell your local politician to help people
like me who kept New York going
in the dark days of 2020. It will just be
another way to show the world how
New York is still the best city in the