Delivery workers, officials, advocates share thoughts on minimum pay rates at public hearing

Before the hearing, City Comptroller Brad Lander joined critics of the revised rule, arguing that workers would end up making below New York’s $15 minimum wage.

Shakti Denis and Adolfo Carrion

Apr 8, 2023, 12:08 AM

Updated 415 days ago

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Hundreds of delivery workers, public officials, and advocates joined together at a public hearing to discuss the current revised proposal for a minimum pay rate for NYC's delivery workers. 
This comes after the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection revised its initial proposal in March, reducing the pay rate by close to $4. This change was done to factor in workers who use several apps simultaneously while delivering.  
Before the hearing, City Comptroller Brad Lander joined critics of the revised rule, arguing that workers would end up making below New York’s $15 minimum wage.  
“After deductions, taxes, paid time off, and workers compensation, we calculate that the average base wage for 2023 would actually be $12.69,” said Lander. “Do not capitulate to corporate lobbying, do not allow DoorDash, Uber, and Grubhub to continue to profit by laying subminimal wages to their workers. It's a violation of the law and it’s a violation of what's right.” 
The DCWP told News 12 in a statement that they are trying to “make sure they get this right” by allowing the public to ask questions and provide insight on the revised rule.  
The DCWP will be reviewing all comments submitted during today’s hearing, and will be establishing the final rules that will dictate the wages of the over 60,000 delivery workers in New York City.  


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