Delivery apps boomed during the pandemic. Gig workers say it's time for companies to pay up.
It's a pandemic story we all know pretty well at this point:
When restaurants closed their doors to diners in March 2020, and as more people spent time at home, they turned to their phones and had meals delivered through apps.
And those apps flourished. In 2021, DoorDash's reported revenue was just under $5 billion, a 69 percent increase from 2020.
But here in Seattle, workers who deliver for those companies say they're underpaid, and don't have the same labor protections other workers can count on.
The PayUp legislative policy sponsored by Seattle City Council members Lisa Herbold and Andrew Lewis aims to fix that.
Soundside host Libby Denkmann spoke to advocates behind the legislation, including a local DoorDash driver. And, you'll hear from a member of Seattle's Latino business community, about the concerns some small business owners have about the PayUp proposal.