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This report contains the findings from a participatory action research project that examined the working and living conditions of delivery workers engaged by digital platforms (also known as apps) to deliver restaurant food orders to consumers in New York City. The research was conducted under a partnership between the worker center Workers' Justice Project and The Worker Institute of Cornell University's ILR School and involved both primary and secondary research, including a survey of500 app-based couriers doing deliveries in NYC, focus groups of workers, and individual interviews.The goal of this report is to raise awareness among stakeholders about the challenges that the tens of thousands of app-based delivery workers confront in NYC, to inform policy and advocacy efforts that would improve labor standards and workplace safety in this industry.
Over the years day laborers have become one of the most vulnerable groups of workers within the growing non-standard workforce in the U.S. There is an added vulnerability that results from women day laborers being employed as domestic workers. Despite improvements in the law, policy gaps remain for providing wage and workplace safety protections for day laborers who work as domestic workers. A goal of this study of women day laborers is to address the gap in the existing research by examining the range of issues facing women day laborers who seek employment at this Brooklyn hiring site.
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