Instacart workers organized to get the company to stop taking tips — and now they’re bringing together gig workers across apps on the #PayUp campaign. They’re fighting for bold new laws to make the gig economy work for workers.
Vanessa, an Instacart worker who’s been pushing back against the company for years, is a leader on the campaign. “What we are trying to achieve — cross-platform movement-building — is no small feat,” she says. “But I believe strongly that it is absolutely crucial, and I believe fundamentally that it is absolutely achievable.”
Updating overtime rights for salaried workers
Last year, WA L&I started the process of finally updating our state’s overtime rules for the first time in four decades. We’ve been leading the way on restoring overtime rights by making sure L&I actually hears from workers, not just big businesses who say we don’t need overtime pay for overtime hours.
After a yearlong process, the next step is L&I putting out their final proposal for the overtime salary threshold — we’ll keep you posted when it comes out so we can make sure they know we’re done giving away our time to our bosses for free.
Fighting for statewide secure scheduling
Food & retail workers in Seattle won secure scheduling, getting more notice & more flexibility in their work schedules. Since then, workers across WA have pushed for a statewide bill.
The legislature failed to pass secure scheduling this year. So we’re doubling down on organizing — holding meetings with food & retail workers, reaching out to lawmakers, and gearing up for a fight in the legislature next January.
Interested in learning more about these campaigns? Have your own idea for a big workers’ rights issue we need to tackle next?