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NYC Mayor De Blasio Announces ‘Additional Actions To Improve’ Safety, Health & The Working Conditions For 65,000-Plus Delivery Workers

Published Tuesday, December 28, 2021
NYC Mayor De Blasio Announces ‘Additional Actions To Improve’ Safety, Health & The Working Conditions For 65,000-Plus Delivery Workers

(NEW YORK CITY) - In advance of legal workplace protections that go into effect in 2022, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he has marshalled agencies together to implement a series of additional efforts to support and improve the health, safety and working conditions for the city’s 65,000-plus Delivery Workers.

“Delivery workers have served as Essential Workers throughout the (Coronavirus) Pandemic and we’re grateful for their contributions to New York City’s economy,” Mayor de Blasio said. “These increased safety measures and labor protections are key to helping Delivery Workers recover and thrive.” 

Phillip Thompson, who serves as Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, said: "It is not an exaggeration to say that Delivery Workers kept our City running throughout the pandemic. At great personal risk, they have delivered goods to homebound New Yorkers and have kept our small businesses afloat. I applaud the organizing effort of advocacy organizations who have helped secure basic workplace protections for Delivery Workers and hope that these measures taken by the city can continue to uplift and support these Essential Workers."

For example, in response to many issues brought forward by directly impacted Workers, the City is providing: Additional lighting and New York Police Department cameras at Willis Avenue Bridge bike paths; Additional safety resources at bridge crossings into Manhattan; A bike etching program to recover stolen e-bikes; and Expansion of the city’s Department of Transportation’s traffic safety education and helmet giveaways for Delivery Workers.

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said: “While some New Yorkers utilize Delivery Workers for convenience, many others rely on them as the key to survival during the ongoing pandemic.  Their work is hard and their days are long, but they have also been preyed upon by criminals.  Delivery Workers have been targeted for money and e-bikes.  The NYPD is in touch with the associations that represent them and Officers have enhanced their focus by adding cameras on key routes and serial numbers to help identify stolen bikes.  We underline that the NYPD does not share with immigration authorities any information about victims or witnesses.  The NYPD remains committed to doing all it can to protect these Essential Workers.”

And NYC Care has launched a new initiative to actively work to enroll Delivery Workers who are either uninsured or underinsured.

“In 2022, we will regulate for the first time the growing number of delivery app companies and enforce brand-new Labor Standards for Delivery Workers, including minimum pay standards and the right to control their routes,” Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Peter Hatch said. “And we are proud to help deliver new City resources that address immediate concerns of delivery workers who have done so much to fuel New York through the pandemic.”

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