Terri Gerstein Applauds New Pay Rule for Delivery Workers at Gig Companies

Terri Gerstein (’95), director of the State and Local Enforcement Project at the Harvard Center for Labor and a Just Economy and senior fellow at the Economic Policy Institute, contributed an article to Slate discussing New York City’s new pay standard for delivery workers for gig companies — a rule that has elicited great consternation among many of these companies (“Gig Companies Like Uber Always Say They Can’t Pay Workers More. Here’s the Truth,” June 22). “Gig companies often offer grim prophesies that don’t come true when jurisdictions try to regulate them. And New York City’s economic experts identified various ways the companies can adjust to the new status quo without excessively increasing customer prices. The new pay rule will ensure that delivery workers are treated more justly as they serve New York diners, who are highly unlikely to stop ordering in.”