Bloomberg Law
May 21, 2021, 9:03 PM

New York Gig Workers to Get Easy Unionizing Path in Draft Bill

Ben Penn
Ben Penn
Keshia Clukey
Keshia Clukey

New York delivery and ride-share workers at companies such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Instacart Inc. would have a straightforward ability to unionize and collectively bargain en masse—without being classified as employees—under the terms of a groundbreaking draft state bill poised for introduction next week.

The bill continues to undergo last-minute changes but is largely settled thanks to a deal reached between gig-economy corporations and New York unions. The state’s gig-economy workers would be labeled “network drivers” rather than employees, who receive a wider suite of worker protections, and they’d be divided into two industry units—one for ride-share drivers and ...

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