Saying â€œa worker is a worker,â€ Bhairavi Desai, executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA), and several taxi drivers from New York City today told the AFL-CIO Executive Council they want to be a part of the national labor federation.
They said drivers work 60 to 70 hours a week in one of the most grueling and dangerous jobs aroundâ€”at minimum wage. They have no job security. Employers routinely misclassify them as â€œindependent contractorsâ€ and deny the drivers protections given to traditional employees, including the freedom to form a union. They risk their health and safety daily, from sitting in a stationary position for hours to the real possibility of being assaulted, robbed or even murdered by a passenger or street thugs. And theyâ€™re completely uninsured, unprotected.