Uber, Lyft, Instacart and other app-based service launch associations tackle worker issues

A number of well-known app-based platforms have formed an association to “serve as a voice for the app-based economy”.

It’s called Flex, and companies like DoorDash, Gopuff, Grubhub, HopSkipDrive, Instacart, Lyft, Shipt, and Uber are all considered “founding” members.

Earlier this week, Flex announced that its goal was to “promote policies” such as worker independence, expanding flexible income opportunities, promoting local economic growth, and security and sustainability that meet to the needs of millions of gig workers.

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The Lyft logo is displayed on a car on March 11, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/Getty Images)

“The association will advocate for common sense solutions on a range of issues affecting workers, consumers, businesses and other stakeholders that make up the app-based economy,” Flex said in a statement.

However, the move can be seen as a tactic to hamper efforts by some lawmakers to classify these workers as company employees, rather than independent contractors, which would allow them to form unions, according to the Wall Street. Log.

Although app-based businesses offer flexibility, in many cases workers can waive protections such as minimum wage, overtime, health insurance, and expense reimbursement.

A delivery driver waits near a restaurant on December 30, 2020 in New York City.

A delivery driver waits near a restaurant on December 30, 2020 in New York City. (Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images/Getty Images)

To kick off its efforts, Flex launched its first education campaign under the banner “Independence Works”. The campaign says “app-based workers value the independence and flexibility to set their own schedules and work around their other jobs, commitments and interests.”

Uber and Lyft stickers on a car

Uber and Lyft stickers on a car ( )

According to Flex, app-based workers across the country work an average of eight hours a week, “allowing them to earn extra money on their own terms.”

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Flex CEO Kristin Sharp said this structure “has completely transformed the way people work, buy goods and services, and run their businesses.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Andrew B. Reiter