By Rebecca Dixon, NELP Executive Director
Throughout the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has awakened the world to our interdependence, especially with frontline workers who are building people power and rising up for more just workplaces. These workers inspire solidarity as they lay bare how the policies that govern workplaces offer little protection from employers with undue power. …
by Rashad Robinson, Spokesperson for Color Of Change PAC & Rebecca Dixon, Executive Director of NELP
When the pandemic forced Cherri Murphy to stop driving for Lyft, she applied for unemployment benefits like millions of other workers. But because Lyft has refused to pay into California’s unemployment insurance fund, insisting that its workers are independent contractors rather than employees, Cherri received zero dollars in unemployment benefits.
By day, Ms. Murphy is a member of Gig Workers Rising and a volunteer social justice minister who helps people connect their faith to the fight for racial justice. …
Powerful restaurant lobbyists want business owners to take the tips meant for their workers. And they’ve got Trump’s backing.
By Irene Tung and Teófilo Reyes
When we give someone a tip, we expect that the money will go to the workers who provided us with service. We might leave a little extra because someone did something above and beyond for us, or because we hope to help that person have a slightly easier time getting by.
Whatever the circumstance, we trust that the money will help the workers who served us.
But the National Restaurant Association — a group controlled by owners of major restaurant chains — has long been promoting the idea that business owners, not workers, should control the tips that we leave. …