Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to boost the state’s minimum wage for all Pennsylvanians hit a brick wall during this spring’s budget debate.
So a Democratic state lawmaker from Philadelphia is taking a slightly different approach to raising the wage for some workers.
Last week, state Rep. Maria Donatucci began looking for cosponsors for her emerging plan to pay a minimum wage to “transportation network drivers.” In case you’re wondering, that’s the jargon-y name for the Uber or Lyft driver who gave you a ride home from the bar or the airport not too long ago.
These independent contractors “are receiving ever-decreasing pay rates while the companies that employ them take in billions … these drivers are responsible for paying the maintenance on their vehicles, cleaning their vehicles, and fuel costs. As policymakers, we must always ensure workers receive fair pay for fair work,” Donatucci wrote.
Last year, the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission imposed a minimum wage policy for ride-hailing drivers that will pay them $17.22 an hour, or $27.86 an hour before expenses, CNN reported.
The raise is the “ride-hailing equivalent of a $15 minimum wage, accounting for the fact that drivers have to cover payroll taxes and don’t get paid time off,” CNN reported, citing the commission.