Jobs

ESL Instructor and Curriculum Developer

The Independent Drivers Guild-IAMAW seeks an experienced ESL instructor to develop curriculum for and lead ESL classes for for-hire vehicle drivers in New York City. We believe that true education means developing critical consciousness, skills, and knowledge to build power to change reality through collective action. We seek a part-time instructor with a vision of developing a program rooted in critical pedagogy and positive student-teacher relationships that can grow to meet the needs of New York City’s 91% immigrant workforce of over 80,000 for-hire vehicle drivers.

The Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) is a nonprofit affiliate of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) bringing together app-based drivers in New York City to win better pay, benefits, and dignity on the job. Since our launch in 2016, our campaigns have put millions of dollars in drivers pockets, first through a campaign that established the right to be able to accept tips through apps, and through landmark regulations that have won an average 44% raise and established the first-ever pay floor in the industry. We seek to build on this foundation through classes that empower and enhance the mental health and well-being of drivers.

Responsibilities are as follows:

Qualifications:

 

Compensation:

Please send a cover letter and CV or resume to Education Director Erik Forman (erik@drivingguild.org.)

Looking to fill position ASAP and start classes in January 2019.

 

 

News

NYC Sets Nation’s First Minimum Wage for App-Based Drivers

After a two year worker-led campaign by the Independent Drivers Guild, New York City officials voted Tuesday morning to set the nation’s first minimum pay rate for app-based drivers. The rate is set at $17.22 per hour after expenses ($26.51 per hour gross), which the city Taxi and Limousine Commission calculated as the contractor equivalent of New York City’s employee minimum wage of $15 per hour (effective 12/31/18). The rules come in response to a massive campaign by the IDG including a petition signed by 16,000 drivers and many months of rallies, research, and lobby days as well as thousands of calls and letters to city officials. The pay rules will go into effect in 30 days and will bring desperately needed relief to more than 70,000 working families who are struggling to get by on the current pay rate of $11.90 per hour after expenses. The new pay floor will raise driver pay by over $9,600 per year, according to the commission’s analysis.

“Today we brought desperately needed relief to 80,000 working families. All workers deserve the protection of a fair, livable wage and we are proud to be setting the new bar for contractor workers’ rights in America,” said Jim Conigliaro, Jr., founder of the Independent Drivers Guild. “We are thankful to the Mayor, Commissioner Joshi and the Taxi and Limousine Commission, City Council Member Brad Lander and all of the city officials who listened to and stood up for drivers.”

“I’m proud that my bill will make New York City the first major U.S. city to establish a minimum pay standard and living wage requirement for Uber and Lyft drivers,” said Council Member Brad Lander. “I’m thrilled the TLC is voting to finalize the rules today, which will protect drivers, level the playing field and support accessibility. Huge thanks to the Independent Drivers Guild for organizing tirelessly around this issue and for ringing the alarm bell on driver pay.”

“People told us we could never win, not against billion dollar companies like Uber and Lyft. But we proved that when workers come together, nothing is impossible,” said IDG member and driver for apps like Uber and Lyft Hailing “Henry” Chen.

In the two years since the Independent Drivers Guild first called on the city to establish a pay floor, the Guild has waged a massive, worker-led campaign. See the timeline here. More than 16,000 drivers signed the IDG’s petition to require a minimum pay rate for apps like Uber and Lyft. To force action, the IDG filed a formal rulemaking petition in March and the city responded in May that it planned to act on pay rules this summer. In August, the city council passed and Mayor de Blasio signed legislation sponsored by Council Member Brad Lander requiring the Taxi and Limousine Commission to set minimum payments for drivers for high volume app-based for-hire vehicle services like Uber and Lyft.

The new rules include the following policies originally proposed by the IDG:

The IDG used the same regulatory and legislative tactics to require Uber to add a tipping option to the app last year. Just months after the city greenlighted the IDG’s proposed tipping rules in April 2017, Uber added an in-app tipping option not only for New York City (its biggest market) but for drivers across the U.S.

The IDG has also won first of their kind benefits for app-based and Black Car drivers, securing vision and 24/7 telemedicine health benefits this summer, as well as a death benefit for drivers killed on the job and free flu shots.

The Independent Drivers Guild is an affiliate of the Machinists Union which has represented and organized Black Car drivers for more than 20 years in New York City. We are Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Via drivers united for a fair for-hire vehicle industry.

IDG Fair Pay Campaign: By The Numbers

 

Press Releases

Uber and Lyft Drivers Guild Wins Historic Pay Rules

Uber and Lyft Drivers Guild Wins Historic Pay Rules

NYC Sets Nation’s First Minimum Wage for App-Based Drivers

New Pay floor = Raise of at least $9,600 for 70,000 Drivers

New York, NY — After a two year worker-led campaign by the Independent Drivers Guild, New York City officials voted Tuesday morning to set the nation’s first minimum pay rate for app-based drivers. The rate is set at $17.22 per hour after expenses ($26.51 per hour gross), which the city Taxi and Limousine Commission calculated as the contractor equivalent of New York City’s employee minimum wage of $15 per hour (effective 12/31/18). The rules come in response to a massive campaign by the IDG including a petition signed by 16,000 drivers and many months of rallies, research, and lobby days as well as thousands of calls and letters to city officials. The pay rules will go into effect in 30 days and will bring desperately needed relief to more than 70,000 working families who are struggling to get by on the current pay rate of $11.90 per hour after expenses. The new pay floor will raise driver pay by over $9,600 per year, according to the commission’s analysis.

 

The Independent Drivers Guild, an affiliate of the Machinists Union, represents and advocates for more than 70,000 professional drivers for apps like Uber, Lyft, Via and Juno in New York City. Nearly 90 percent of IDG members drive for apps as their main source of income and nine in ten drivers are immigrants.

 

“Today we brought desperately needed relief to 80,000 working families. All workers deserve the protection of a fair, livable wage and we are proud to be setting the new bar for contractor workers’ rights in America,” said Jim Conigliaro, Jr., founder of the Independent Drivers Guild. “We are thankful to the Mayor, Commissioner Joshi and the Taxi and Limousine Commission, City Council Member Brad Lander and all of the city officials who listened to and stood up for drivers.”

 

“I’m proud that my bill will make New York City the first major U.S. city to establish a minimum pay standard and living wage requirement for Uber and Lyft drivers,” said Council Member Brad Lander. “I’m thrilled the TLC is voting to finalize the rules today, which will protect drivers, level the playing field and support accessibility. Huge thanks to the Independent Drivers Guild for organizing tirelessly around this issue and for ringing the alarm bell on driver pay.”

 

“People told us we could never win, not against billion dollar companies like Uber and Lyft. But we proved that when workers come together, nothing is impossible,” said IDG member and driver for apps like Uber and Lyft Hailing “Henry” Chen.

 

In the two years since the Independent Drivers Guild first called on the city to establish a pay floor, the Guild has waged a massive, worker-led campaign. See the timeline here. More than 16,000 drivers signed the IDG’s petition to require a minimum pay rate for apps like Uber and Lyft. To force action, the IDG filed a formal rulemaking petition in March and the city responded in May that it planned to act on pay rules this summer. In August, the city council passed and Mayor de Blasio signed legislation sponsored by Council Member Brad Lander requiring the Taxi and Limousine Commission to set minimum payments for drivers for high volume app-based for-hire vehicle services like Uber and Lyft.

 

The new rules include the following policies originally proposed by the IDG:

 

The IDG used the same regulatory and legislative tactics to require Uber to add a tipping option to the app last year. Just months after the city greenlighted the IDG’s proposed tipping rules in April 2017, Uber added an in-app tipping option not only for New York City (its biggest market) but for drivers across the U.S.

 

The IDG has also won first of their kind benefits for app-based and Black Car drivers, securing vision and 24/7 telemedicine health benefits this summer, as well as a death benefit for drivers killed on the job and free flu shots.

 

The Independent Drivers Guild is an affiliate of the Machinists Union which has represented and organized Black Car drivers for more than 20 years in New York City. We are Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Via drivers united for a fair for-hire vehicle industry.

IDG Fair Pay Campaign: By The Numbers

Media contact: press@drivingguild.org

 

News | Press Releases

Tuesday AM Uber, Lyft Drivers Rally Ahead of Vote on Landmark Livable Wage: Vote for Fair Pay

Drivers Guild Led Two Year Campaign for Fair Pay, Would Mean Raise of over $9,000/yr for More than 70,000 Drivers — Starting in 30 Days

 

New York, New York — On Tuesday morning at 8:30 AM, members of the Independent Drivers Guild will hold a rally calling for fair pay ahead of the vote of New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission on the final pay rules for app-based for-hire vehicle drivers. Drivers will also thank the TLC for putting forward the landmark rules for a vote. The commission will convene at 10 AM to vote on the final rules.

 

The IDG, which represents and advocates for more than 70,000 app-based drivers in New York City, petitioned for and has led a two year campaign for the rules which would set a pay floor for drivers for the first time and require that drivers be paid “out of town pay” for return trips to the city after providing an out of town ride. As contractors, app-based drivers are not protected by minimum wage laws in the U.S. In New York City, drivers currently make $11.90 per hour in take home pay after expenses according to the updated city analysis urged by the IDG, well under the city’s minimum wage (currently $13, but will be $15 starting 12/31/18). If passed, the proposed rules will go into effect in 30 days and raise pay by at least $9,600 per year for 90 percent of the drivers for high volume app-based for-hire vehicle services in the city (Uber, Lyft, Via and Juno) according to the TLC.

What: “Vote for Fair Pay” Rally
When: 8:30 AM
Where: Outside 33 Beaver St, NYC (TLC Headquarters)
Who: Members of the Independent Drivers Guild – We are Uber, Lyft, Juno and Via Drivers united for a more fair industry

See Timeline of the Campaign and what’s new in the final version of the rules here.

“This vote has been a long time coming. Thousands of drivers have rallied, lobbied, petitioned, made calls, and flyered over the last two years to get to this point. More than 80,000 families in our city depend on the earnings of an app-based driver. We cannot allow Silicon Valley companies to exploit hard working New Yorkers with sub minimum wage pay. Passing these rules will help thousands of working families and send a clear message that New York stands up for worker rights,” said Jim Conigliaro, Jr., President of the Independent Drivers Guild, an affiliate of the Machinists Union which has represented and organized Black Car drivers for more than 20 years in New York City. 

More than 16,000 drivers signed the IDG’s petition to require a minimum pay rate for apps like Uber and Lyft. To force action, the IDG filed a formal rulemaking petition in March and the city responded in May that it planned to act on pay rules this summer. In August, the city council passed and Mayor de Blasio signed legislation sponsored by Council Member Brad Lander requiring the Taxi and Limousine Commission to set minimum payments for drivers for high volume app-based for-hire vehicle services like Uber and Lyft. The IDG used the same regulatory and legislative tactics to require Uber to add a tipping option to the app last year. Just months after the city greenlighted the IDG’s proposed tipping rules in April 2017, Uber added an in-app tipping option not only for New York City (its biggest market) but for drivers across the U.S.

 

The Independent Drivers Guild is an affiliate of the Machinists Union which has represented and organized Black Car drivers for more than 20 years in New York City. We are Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Via drivers united for a fair for-hire vehicle industry.

Event

December 4th TLC Vote

After 2 years of organizing, the TLC will finally vote on raising driver pay, introducing dead head pay, and enforcing pay transparency on Tuesday, December 4th. We need YOUR support!

We will be gathering at 8:30 AM outside 33 Beaver Street New York, NY ​ to show power at the 10:00 AM meeting and demand that the TLC raise driver pay to what we deserve. Without you, we cannot win.

News

TLC proposes raising driver pay

Great news – thanks to you, the TLC is proposing deadhead pay and an even higher pay raise than they first proposed!

We told the TLC that their expense data was wrong. More than 500 of you helped us prove it by telling us how much your lease or rental costs. Over 100 of you showed up to the October hearing in your red IDG shirts to tell them face to face — and the TLC listened.

Based on our expense data, the TLC is increasing the minimum amount drivers must be paid per mile. Their new calculation will raise most drivers’ pay over $9,000 a year.

We told the TLC we need deadhead pay. More than 16,000 of you signed the petition calling for this pay raise and deadhead pay. We included it in our proposal back in the Fall of 2017 and in our formal rulemaking petition to the TLC, back in February. When it was missing from the TLC’s draft rules, we demanded it.

They heard us and have told us they are creating a new minimum pay rate for out-of-town trips to protect our pay.

We told the TLC to prohibit companies from making us slaves to incentives: that the pay floor must be the floor for every trip – not an average of what they pay out to all drivers over the course of a day, week, or month. We urged the TLC to ensure that no trip could be less than the minimum and any incentives would be on TOP of this pay floor so we can have a predictable wage and not just be slaves to the companies’ manipulative incentives.

They agreed and clarified that every trip counts.

These wins are huge, and wouldn’t have been possible without our hard work. We showed up, we made our voices heard, and now we’ve made dramatic changes for the better in our industry. This win belongs to all of us. Congratulations.

Event

December General Meeting

Come to the next IDG general meeting and learn about the next steps in our fight for a fair industry. We will go over important new developments, potential harmful proposals at the TLC that would hurt our drivers, the launch of free IDG Benefits, and our actions in the upcoming year.

Please join us at this important meeting on Tuesday, December 4th at 7PM.  We need YOUR support! Free parking opens up at 7PM and there will be food available, as always!

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Holiday Safety Tips for FHV Drivers

 

 

Education

Classes Welcome

This work, moving New York to where it wants to be, isn’t easy. Pay is low, expenses are high, TLC and NYPD cops are out to get us, and to top it all off, some customers are…difficult.

The IDG exists to not only build power for a fair industry, but we are a community of drivers looking out for one another. One way we do that is by offering classes for free for New York City drivers, or people that want to be drivers, to talk about the reality of the industry and to build community with experienced drivers.

See the schedule of upcoming classes here.

One of our key classes is the Defensive Driving Class, which all Taxi and Limousine Commission-licensed drivers are required to take every three years. It is so popular because you will be paid $300 from the Black Car Fund to attend, you can have 4 points removed from your license, and you can get a 10% insurance reduction when you take the class.

Sign up for a class today.

Press Releases

Fausto Luna statement

The media is reporting the seventh known suicide in the last year in this industry, and the second of our members to take their lives under pressure of overwhelming debt. It’s a tragedy we wish we could have prevented and our sincere sympathies go out to the friends and family of Fausto Luna.

The For-Hire Vehicle industry is in a far reaching crisis that is affecting thousands of families across our city right now. After years of sub minimum wage pay, mounting bills and punishing shifts, drivers for apps like Uber and Lyft are at the breaking point along with drivers across the for-hire vehicle industry.

Our message to drivers is to take heart: we are SO close to making this industry so much better, and you are not alone. We are about to win a massive raise and we are united in fighting for a fair industry. We encourage all of our members to reach out to NYC Well and get involved in the IDG where we take care of each other like brothers and sisters.

This industry and this job is debilitatingly lonely by design. As a member elegantly said at a meeting: “In here we are brothers, but on the streets we are wolves.” The working conditions of the industry pits people who should be working together as brothers and sisters against one another in a constant battle of who gets the next trip, who cuts who off, and who goes first. Though drivers are with people all day, they are often treated by their passengers as subhuman, alienated from their humanity, and underpaid for it to boot.

But the core of this crisis is economic, which is why we have been fighting for the city to enact a livable wage. It is hard to not be depressed when you are working 60 hours a week and still not making enough money to provide for your family. We also need a crisis response that meets drivers where they are, so we are in the process of establishing a mental health and wellness program including prevention, counseling and crisis response.

We have worked over the last year to create and secure funding for a mental health and wellness plan including hiring a psychologist and social worker.  The Independent Drivers Guild has secured a grant from the Black Car Fund for this program and is currently hiring and will be launching the program in the coming months.