May Newsletter: Don't Let Uber & Lyft Tell Your Story

29 May 2022
Calling all drivers: Make your voices heard!

IDG members, we need to hear from you! Only you know what it’s really like to drive for Uber and Lyft these days – the high expenses, the long hours, the fears that we won’t be able to pay the bills. Take a short, anonymous survey today to tell the world what rideshare drivers are facing and what we’re fighting for.

The more responses we get to the IDG driver survey, the better we can reflect the truth about driving for Uber and Lyft. Your hard work is what’s driving the future of this industry, and only by speaking up can we win the protections and higher pay we deserve. Complete the short survey today!
Not one more: Remembering our fallen coworkers

Over 50 app workers have been killed while working in the last 5 years. This week, IDG joined our fellow rideshare and delivery workers in remembering 12 app workers who died this year in New York due to violence, accidents, and COVID-19. Together, we called on app companies and our government to do more. App workers deserve safety and we will not stop fighting until we can all make it home from the road. Click here to share Justice for App Workers’ video of the recent memorial service.

Driver Spotlight: Meet Illinois Driver Teddi Burgess

Teddi Burgess has been driving in the greater Chicago area for five years. She knows the dangers app drivers face first hand. “When I first started driving, I had one very traumatic trip where two passengers tried to steal my car. I had no one to turn to at that point. Uber never followed up with me. Chicago Police didn’t even show up.”  

Teddi has been put through the wringer but she is happy IDG is now in her state, supporting drivers. “If there had been an organization like IDG that I could turn to, or have a team member talk to me for an hour, that would have made such a difference. Now, I’m proud to be part of an organization that fights for drivers and their safety. And we help people get through those difficult moments.”

Continuing their progress in supporting drivers through difficult situations, Illinois IDG held its first Wellness Fair last week. “It was a huge success. We are making sure that drivers are taking on healthy eating, mind and body healing, and more,” said Teddi Burgess.

The Wellness Fair included COVID boosters, yoga, legal resources, and the launch of a Chicago driver support group! Uber Driver Teddi Burgess is excited to see how much Illinois IDG has done to help drivers. “Just to be part of a community that can offer resources to drivers that are in need, mentally, and financially, it’s a great thing to be a part of, to help drivers like me that need support.” 
Worker power is growing, and we’re in the driver’s seat!

May 1st was the day of the worker! Recognized as May Day or International Labor Day, workers around the globe celebrated labor victories throughout the centuries – and rallied for the battles that persist to this day.

Although the fight against corporate power still rages on, workers are turning the tides and winning! Starbucks workers have seen an incredible number of recent union wins, and show no signs of stopping.

A spark is all it takes, and drivers with IDG are undeniably lighting the way to building driver power! We have won pay raises and historic protections for drivers across the country. Together, we will continue sending our message to Uber and Lyft that drivers need higher wages, benefits, and the right to a union now!
Get Support 

New York Office Hours & Weekly Outreach

Have you heard? IDG’s NYC office is back in a NEW location and better than ever! Visit us:

New York Independent Drivers Guild

41-09 36th St #3
Long Island City, NY 11101

Monday – Friday, 10am-4pm

And don’t forget that you can find IDG support in the Bronx and at LaGuardia Airport:

Bronx Outreach: 

1231 Lafayette Ave, 2nd Floor, Bronx, NY 10474
Tuesdays from 11AM – 2PM

LaGuardia Airport:

23rd Avenue and 90th Street, Queens, NY 11371
Wednesdays from 1PM – 5PM 
Connecticut Office Hours
CT Drivers! IDG is here to help. Join us at our Connecticut office.

Connecticut Independent Drivers Guild
157 Church St
New Haven, CT 06510

Wednesdays from 10AM to 6PM

Illinois Office Hours
IL Drivers! Have you visited our new office yet? Come in and get support!

Illinois Independent Drivers Guild
114 W Higgins Rd
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Monday – Friday 9:30AM to 7PM
Saturday – Sunday 11AM to 7PM
Massachusetts Office Hours
MA Drivers! We are always here to help you. Visit us on Tuesdays at:

Massachusetts Independent Drivers Guild
Caffe Nero
1047 Commonwealth Ave

Time: 11AM – 3PM
Help with accidents and tickets while working or other legal matters

Accidents can happen, and legal resources are available here to assist you with collisions that occur while working, tickets accrued on the job, or any other workplace legal matter.

Not in CT, IL, MA, NJ, or NY? Contact us here to speak with organizers about next steps. Reach out today – let’s organize in your state!