project leader
Alissa O
location
Davidson Ave
(Bronx, New York)
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Co-founder Ken on NPR

the project

**We are increasing our goal to $20K after meeting the initial goal of $10K in 24 hours! Every dollar helps ensure that we are able to do the outreach and engagement necessary to fellow drivers to make this cooperative a success.**

In New York City, Uber and Lyft run on the exploited labor of a 91%-immigrant workforce of 85,000 drivers. Through misclassification of drivers as independent contractors the corporate rideshare platforms seek to turn back the clock on a century of labor and social movement gains, and push drivers into poverty by externalizing all vehicle costs onto drivers and taking extortionate commissions on each ride. Even before the crisis, over 70% of drivers had less than $1,000 in savings, a reflection of New York City’s deep racial wealth gap and the predatory structure of the rideshare platform economy. Drivers and their allies have organized for change with strikes, protests, boycotts, lawsuits, and legislation, but Uber and Lyft always find loopholes to keep exploiting drivers. Most recently, the largest gig platforms spent over $200 million to pass Prop 22 in California, which legalized a sub-minimum wage.

Now the pandemic has pushed tens of thousands of drivers out of work. The industry is still down by nearly 40%. We’re asking for your help to build back better with a new strategy: launching a driver-owned alternative to Uber and Lyft.

The Drivers Cooperative is poised to launch the first “platform co-operative” rideshare app in New York City within a month, pending funding for a membership drive. The Drivers Cooperative will:

1. Immediately boost driver income by returning profits to drivers and establish basic employment rights for workers in the sector.

2. Provide a second chance to drivers who were “deactivated” by Uber and Lyft without due process based on specious and often racially-biased customer complaints.


3. Save drivers money through a credit union partnership that allows drivers to escape predatory vehicle financing.

4. Long term, fight for a just, green transition to electric vehicles through a Green New Deal for the For-Hire Vehicle Industry.

Interested drivers can REGISTER HERE.

the steps

Accomplishments to date:

  • Elected a board of drivers to guide the project representing the diversity of the for-hire vehicle industry
  • Assembled a skilled team of labor organizers (IDG-Machinists Union, IWW), ridehailing operators (Uber, Juno), full-stack engineers, branding experts/designers, fleet managers, and drivers
  • Confirmed pilot with Cooperative Home Care Associates (the largest worker coop in the US) to provide transportation for home care workers to clients’ homes
  • Won grant funding from Emergent Fund and the Workers Lab
  • Completed paid trips paid for by AOC to get early voters to the polls!
  • Purchased ridehailing app code and completed customizations for NYC launch
  • Engaged >1,000 for-hire vehicle drivers with >100 registered

Goals for Q1:

  • Onboard 3,000+ drivers
  • Raise full seed round
  • Launch consumer ridehailing service

why we're doing it

Funds raised in this campaign will go directly to for-hire vehicle drivers to recruit and train new members of the cooperative.  We already have a completed app, but need these funds to pay unemployed and underemployed drivers to recruit and train fellow drivers to build the strength and power of the cooperative.

The cooperative will be launching our own ridehailing platform, shown below. It will be in the App and Playstore available to use in early 2021.  With The Drivers Cooperative, riders pay less; and drivers make more - because the co-op only takes the amount required to cover its costs, compared to corporate ridehailing platform that take 25 - 40 percent commissions on each trip so they can return profits to their Wall Street and Silicon Valley investors (speculators).  

The Drivers Cooperative (TDC) is not just another ridehailing platform - it is also about using our collective bargaining power to get great deals and lower operating costs for our struggling members. 

The biggest benefit will be that drivers will fully own this cooperative company. Member - Owners will elect the Board of Directors and share in profits, giving power and voice directly to the people who move New York.

budget

Disbursed budget (12.23.20):

 




TOTAL RAISED = $25,000.00 $25,000.00
ioby Platform Fee waived $35.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $510.00 $508.95
TOTAL TO DISBURSE= $24,490.00 $24,456.05

 

Updated budget (12.23.20):

 



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $24,475
ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$525
TOTAL TO RAISE = $25,000
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  

 

Number of drivers seeking to onboard in the first month: 1,000

Driver peer-educator pay per 90-minute class, including preparation and follow up with drivers: $100

Number of drivers per class: 10

Total to raise: $10,000

 

UPDATED BUDGET 12/7/20



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $20,000
ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $619
TOTAL TO RAISE = $20,619

 

 

ORIGINAL BUDGET

Number of drivers seeking to onboard in the first month: 1,000

Driver peer-educator pay per 90-minute class, including preparation and follow up with drivers: $100

Number of drivers per class: 10

Total to raise: $10,000



PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED = $9,850
ioby Platform Fee waived
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$150
TOTAL TO RAISE = $10,000
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  

 

updates

Met our goal!!

THANK YOU from The Drivers Cooperative!

We are so grateful that we met our goal so quickly. Donations came from drivers, couriers, friends, family, and activists.  We are so, so grateful for all of your support.

We will now be pursuing our stretch goal to raise more money for expanding our membership drive into the new year, so please continue to share our message.

We held our second onboarding today, and the stories people shared about price cuts, unfair deactivations, and 12 hour, seven day per week work weeks was a reminder as to why we're doing this, and why we're so grateful for your support.

Thank you again,

Alissa, Erik, and Ken of The Drivers Cooperative

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