NEWPORT FOOD SCENE: Meal delivery is here to stay, so be kind, be patient and tip well

Now that we are in the heart of winter and dealing with the usual mayhem of New England weather (snow, rain, gale force winds, nor’easters, etc.), we need to take a moment to celebrate an unheralded hero: food delivery drivers. Through it all, they are willing to brave the elements, guided only by their guile …

FTC goes after gig economy and multilevel marketers for pandemic exploitation

The Federal Trade Commission is calling out technology firms and gig-based companies such as Amazon and Uber for potentially deceiving or misleading those in financial distress with money-making pitches during the pandemic. The commission on Tuesday put over 1,100 businesses — including gig-based companies such as Lyft, DoorDash, Grubhub, and Instacart, along with multilevel marketing …

Stride raises $47M to provide affordable benefits for independent workers

Will use funds to expand portable benefits platform, accelerate membership growth, and further invest in partnerships and new channels – Stride announces $47M Series C led by King River Capital with participation from Mastercard, Allstate, and previous investors Venrock, NEA, and Fidelity’s F-Prime Capital, bringing total funding to $96M – Funding will be used to expand Stride’s work …

Rideshare Drivers Could Make as Little as $4.82 Per Hour if Uber Gets Its Labor Law in Massachusetts, Study Finds

Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart are looking to buy another law in Massachusetts by replicating Prop 22, the disastrous, virtually irrevocable California ballot measure that deprived their workers of employee status. Now, leading rideshare labor researchers from the UC Berkeley Labor Center have predicted how bad it could get—as little as $4.82/hour for Uber and Lyft drivers. …

DoorDash, Uber, Grubhub Fall as NYC Passes Food-Delivery Rules

Food-delivery companies DoorDash  (DASH) – Get DoorDash Report, Uber Eats  (UBER) – Get Uber Technologies, Inc. Report, and Grubhub  (GRUB) – Get Grubhub, Inc. Report fell after New York City passed legislation to tighten regulation on the industry and boost delivery workers’ rights.  The measures require restaurants to grant couriers access to bathrooms. They set minimum per-trip payments as well as a guarantee …

Gig economy companies are having to spend more than ever to find hosts and drivers

In Airbnb’s earnings report on Thursday, the home-sharing company said sales and marketing costs in the second quarter jumped 175% to $315.3 million. DoorDash said its sales and marketing costs in the quarter climbed 154% to $427 million. Both companies are increasing marketing expenditures at a rapid clip to bring more supply into their marketplaces. …

With Delivery Workers, Who’s Really in Charge?

Third-party delivery apps depend on an entire gig workforce of drivers, bicyclists, and motorcyclists — the people on the go, handing you your food at your doorstep. More than one-third of U.S. workers are a part of the gig economy. The major delivery apps often describe that workforce, their drivers and delivery workers, as partners. …

Where have all the Uber drivers gone?

When the pandemic pushed him to quit driving for Uber, Steve Gregg didn’t know he might be done with the ride-hailing apps for good. But he was exhausted from the daily stress of driving, after taking passengers on more than 15,000 trips over three years. And he was frustrated over being nickel-and-dimed, seeing his wages steadily decrease. The added …

Restaurants would be required to allow NYC’s 80,000 food delivery workers to use restrooms under proposed legislation

New York City’s 80,000 food delivery workers were declared “essential” during the pandemic — but many have faced long shifts, low wages and aren’t even allowed to relieve themselves in restaurant bathrooms. Bills to be introduced in the City Council Thursday aim to improve those conditions, and crack down on food delivery apps that advocacy …

Menulog starts trial but gig economy workers’ security remains precarious

A federal Select Committee on Job Security looking into how rife insecure work is across the country is currently taking submissions from insecure workers in New South Wales. Chaired by Labor Senator Tony Sheldon, it was set up last year after five food delivery drivers were killed at work. It is expected to report by November. See …