Gopuff drivers promote salary transparency, flexible working hours, etc. in the new petition
In an online petition published earlier this week, dozens of Gopuff drivers across the country joined forces to promote higher wage rates, greater transparency of the general manager, and scheduling flexibility typical of most gig workers.
So far, workers in more than 77 cities have signed petition, Citing that wages after taking into account gasoline and other expenses are lower than advertising, and “unfounded” account suspension are their top concerns.
“Many of us rely on the flexibility of odd jobs to meet care needs, disability and other jobs. But on GoPuff, we may be fired for missing a shift without protection or sick leave,” the petition wrote.
Drivers said that their hourly wage can be as low as $8, and if gasoline and other costs are taken into account, the actual wage drops to $3 per hour.
A spokesperson for Gopuff told PhillyVoice that the company currently has no public comments on the petition.
This Philadelphia-based company hires drivers as independent contractors. They receive orders from “micro fulfillment” centers across the country and deliver products to customers in 30 minutes or less. Gopuff’s website says.
Gopuff’s private contractor model is different from other companies such as Uber, DoorDash, and Lyft.Although the drivers are independent contractors, they can choose Schedule shifts through Gopuff To earn hourly subsidies.
Shifts are reduced daily or weekly, depending on the needs of each micro fulfillment center.
“By encouraging driver partners to arrange delivery times, we can avoid having too many driver partners on the road at the same time and limiting your earning power,” their website says.
Drivers stated that shifts are often difficult to achieve due to “Gopuff overhiring drivers”.
“As a result, we sacrificed our flexibility to wait for the app to wait for other drivers to give up their shifts so that we can pick them up,” the petition said. Workers said the company should ensure that available drivers can meet their required working hours before hiring more drivers.
The general manager of the micro-distribution center stocks supplies at various locations and places orders to drivers on a first-come, first-served basis. The petition pointed out that this model leads to discrimination and favoritism among drivers.
The petition states: “There is no consistent and transparent policy between warehouses—on the contrary, managers discipline and distribute orders based on their personal preferences.” “Many people of color and women driving for GoPuff face discrimination from managers. When our wages and working hours are affected, they cannot recourse.”
The petitioners came from drivers from all over the country, including representatives from four distribution centers in Philadelphia.
Gopuff serves customers in more than 800 cities through more than 450 micro fulfillment centers and employs more than 8,000 people, excluding its driver partners.