February General Meeting


Deactivated? Uber Drivers Can Take This Free Class To Get Back On The App

Deactivated? Worried that low ratings are threatening your livelihood? Many riders have no idea that a rating as high as 4.6 out of 5 stars can be a fireable offense on the Uber app. The Independent Drivers Guild has a free class to help you boost your ratings and get you back on the app. ABC7 came out to check out our class – get a behind the scenes look here:

You can read more about IDG’s classes at https://drivingguild.org/upcoming-classes/


Holiday Safety Tips for FHV Drivers




Stop scapegoating Uber and Lyft drivers

The men and women behind the wheel need a minimum wage, not more fees

By Jim Conigliaro, Jr.

We all want the best for our city, from public transit improvements to reduced congestion, but the financial burden cannot be allowed to fall on those who can least afford it. Uber and Lyft drivers are hardworking men and women who are just trying to help their families climb the economic ladder, but are being exploited by an industry run amok.

Rather than allow these workers to be made scapegoats for New York’s funding and traffic woes, New York must recognize that they are falling through the holes in our safety net—and act to protect them.

Read the complete article here


Worker Safety Plan

Due to ​workers occasionally messaging us with intent to self-harm, and the recent passing of Doug Schifter, we feel it’s important to post some important resources if you or a loved one are considering self-harm.

  1. Suicide​ ​Hotline:​ 800-273-8255
  2. Local​ ​Emergency​ ​Room:​ ​NYC​ ​Health​ ​and​ ​Hospitals/Woodhull
    Address:​ ​760​ ​Broadway​ ​Brooklyn,​ ​NY​ ​11206
    Phone​ ​#:​ ​718-963-8000
  3. Call​ ​911​ ​if​ ​you​ ​can’t​ ​get​ ​to​ ​your​ ​local​ ​emergency​ ​room

Here are a few other resources that could be helpful:

NYC Affirmative Psychotherapy – Rana Shokeh, LMSW
41-51 East 11th St 4th Fl New York, New York 10003 (347) 801-7932

Specialities: Depression, Anxiety, & Racial Identity
Arabic Speaking
Sliding Scale for low income patients

Mind and Body Wellness Medical Center
32-72 Steinway 5th Floor Astoria, New York 11103 (347) 609-7769
420 64th Street Brooklyn, New York 11220 (347) 609-7769

Specialties: Depression, Anxiety, & Relationship Issues
Arabic Speaking Staff
Sliding Scale for low income patients

Social Work Counseling Services, LCC
2924 Hoyt Avenue South Astoria, NY 11102

There are also plenty of resources on www.psychologytoday.com depending on if you have insurance or not.

If you know of any free resources for low income workers, please contact us.


Donate to Stop Low Pay

Last year, workers came together to win the tipping option. It took about a year and 12,000 signatures, but we forced corporate giants Via and Uber to add a tipping option to their apps.

Do you remember these videos from the tipping campaign?

We would like to make similar videos about the pay campaign to tell the story of struggling Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Via drivers—but good videos are not cheap or easy. The above video along with its second video cost the IDG about $10,000.

Donate today to help us produce videos stressing how much for-hire vehicle workers are struggling today.


NYCC Transportation Committee Public Comment

Testimony of Ryan Price, Executive Director

Independent Drivers Guild

New York City Council Committee on Transportation

June 21, 2017

Good Morning Chairman Rodriguez and Members of the Committee, my name is Ryan Price and I am the Executive Director of the The Independent Drivers Guild. The IDG is a nonprofit affiliate of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) that represents 50,000 working drivers throughout the for-hire vehicle industry. The IAMAW has been the only union to successfully organize black car workers in New York City, and has been doing so for twenty years. The IDG started in May of 2016. We focus on organizing workers of the app-based for-hire vehicle industry to win a more fair for-hire vehicle industry. In the past year, we’ve heard from tens of thousands of workers on how to improve the for-hire vehicle industry, and organize to realize those improvements.

On behalf of our membership, first and foremost, we thank you Mr. Chairman for your leadership and support of this very important issue that will have a significant and meaningful impact on the lives of thousands of drivers and their families. We also want to thank the the Taxi and Limousine Commission for accepting our petition to mandate a tipping option across the for-hire vehicle industry, as well as Council Member Espinal, Chin, Lander, Menchaca, Public Advocate Tish James and Comptroller Scott Stringer and many other city and state officials for supporting our long-run campaign and proposing a local law to cement our proposal to make tipping standard again.

We support Intro 1646 which mandates a gratuity option for black car and luxury limousine services. We stand in strong support of this legislation, which will provide a desperately needed raise to thousands of New York families who are struggling to make ends meet after years of pay cuts. We also urge the adoption of four essential amendments for the economic well-being of our members—91% of whom are US immigrants from more than 150 countries, 56% of whom care for a dependent, and 27% of whom lack and are seeking health insurance—and stress how vital it is that workers and regulators continue work hand-in-hand to protect New Yorkers by implementing pay regulation.

Labor platform companies like Uber, Lyft, Juno, Gett, and Via all know how important it is to have a tipping option, but those companies seem incapable of developing a policy that workers are actually asking for. Those companies know Americans are struggling to pay their debts and often feel fortunate to just have a job—so when companies slash pay, the workers are pressured to both perform more trips per hour and work dangerously long shifts just to feed their families and keep up—and the company profits more than ever.

New York City can be the global leader and be a part of curbing the culture of driver exploitation. A strong tipping regulation is potentially a $300 million dollar issue for New York City for-hire vehicle workers and their families. We urge New York’s City Council Members and the Taxi and Limousine Commission to strengthen the driver protections they have proposed and ensure fair and consistent application of the tipping option for all for hire vehicle drivers through these four actions:

We again thank you for your support and request the swift passage of Intro 1646 and thank you for supporting New York City for-hire vehicle workers.

Thank you and I am available for any questions the committee may have

The Independent Drivers Guild is a Machinists Union affiliate representing app-based drivers. We are Uber, Lyft, Via, Juno, Gett workers united for a fair for-hire vehicle industry.

News | Uncategorized

Uber recognizes guild for New York City drivers


Fox 5 NY | Lida Curanaj

See the Fox 5 interview with Guild founder Jim Conigliaro Jr at: http://www.fox5ny.com/your-money/139582560-story