The first city in America that is enforcing minimum wage for app-based drivers (such as Uber, Juno, etc.) is New York City. At the end of this month, the new pay rules will ensure that all drivers irrespective of which company they work for will be paid $17.22 at least per hour after expenses.
The rule came after a vote in favor of the law was carried by the New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission at the end of last month.
According to Independent Drivers Guild founder Jim Conigliaro this resulted in “desperately needed relief to 80,000 working families.” In a statement he added that:
“All workers deserve the protection of a fair, livable wage and we are proud to be setting the new bar for contractor workers’ rights in America. We are thankful to the Mayor, Commissioner Joshi and the Taxi and Limousine Commission, City Council Member Brad Lander and all of the city officials who listened to and stood up for drivers.”
NYC enacted its minimum wage law in 2016 with the first increase on 31 December of that year to $11. Only by 2021 is the minimum wage for NYC workers to reach $15.