Here in NYC, we’re doing our part to fight for social justice and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. But in order to move forward together, it’s important that we address the systemic racism that exists among our deeply-rooted institutions and workplaces. That’s why, when it comes to social justice in the ride-share industry, the Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) is leading us forward.
If you haven’t yet heard of IDG, they are a Machinists Union affiliate that represents over 80,000 For-Hire Vehicle drivers in NYC and advocates for more than 250,000 across NY, NJ, CT and IL. Made up of Uber, Lyft, and Via workers, IDG supports drivers’ rights, safety, and well-being, which also means supporting Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate. We love how committed IDG is to social justice– not only for their drivers, but for the broader community of people who engage in the ride-share industry (which, let’s admit it, is basically all of us because where would we be without on-demand driving services?) and beyond.
We all know that actions speak louder than words, so what exactly is IDG doing to uproot systemic racism in the ride-share industry? Many Uber, Lyft, and Via drivers face racism on a daily basis, whether it’s baseless complaints from riders or unfair terminations. Given that the majority of IDG members are people of color, racism is widespread and detrimental to the lives and livelihoods of these drivers. In response, IDG is demanding that the TLC and the App companies review their policies and practices pertaining to the systematic racism by riders. “No one should fear losing their job because of what they look like, the color of their skin or where they come from,” says IDG.
In support of Stop Asian Hate, IDG attended the Coalition of Asian-Americans for Civil Rights’ rally on April 4 to help spread awareness and condemn discrimination against the Asian American Pacific Islander community. IDG is also working closely with ride-share companies to address discrimination across the industry.