RELEASE: Leading Hispanic Groups Join Coalition for Independent Work to Advocate for App-Based Workers

NEW YORK (March 8, 2021) — The New York Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and 100 Hispanic Women have become the latest groups to join the New York Coalition for Independent Work to help elevate the voices and needs of New York’s Latino app-based workers. The Coalition advocates for more benefits and protections for workers, while ensuring they maintain the flexibility they overwhelmingly want. 

“Hispanic workers have been critical to keeping New York’s economy alive during the pandemic and we support their right to stay independent and choose their own hours and work loads,” said Cindy Rubi Estrada, Executive Director of the NYC Hispanic Chamber. “We look forward to working with other coalition members to ensure Hispanic workers, and all gig workers, have increased access to critical benefits without giving up their flexibility.”

Thousands of New Yorkers supplement their incomes on multiple app-based platforms and app-based workers overwhelmingly want to remain independent contractors. In a recent survey by The Rideshare Guy, drivers reported drivers wanting to remain independent by 4-to-1 margin. And 90% of people working with Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates and Instacart in New York work less than 15 hours a week, according to new data released by the companies. 

App-based work has been especially key for Black and Brown communities, who continue to suffer discrimination through traditional hiring practices, to get through the pandemic by allowing them to supplement their incomes as traditional jobs have disappeared and will be slow to come back.

 “More and more Latinas have had to leave or change jobs in order to take care of their families during the pandemic. We must ensure that these jobs continue to be flexible options for women who have been disproportionately impacted by COIVD,” said Meiling Macias-Toro, President of 100 Hispanic Women of Westchester.

The New York Coalition for Independent Work includes community, faith-based, business and tech organizations and is committed to protecting the independence and flexibility of app-based workers while also finding solutions to improve their access to benefits and other workforce protections.

Learn more about the New York Coalition for Independent Work at www.nycoalition4independentwork.com

 

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