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With the novel coronavirus pandemic posing an ongoing menace to folks’s well being, particularly the well being of important staff, San Francisco is conducting a survey to study extra in regards to the points gig staff are dealing with throughout this time. The outcomes of this survey, which needs to be accessible inside 4 to 6 weeks, will assist form native coverage choices.

The survey seeks to know how COVID-19 has impacted the variety of gig jobs accessible, pay, and corporations’ stances on medical insurance and paid sick go away. It additionally asks what staff really feel they most urgently want, whether or not it’s entry to protecting tools or emergency funds, in addition to if staff are more likely to work whereas sick because of their monetary scenario.

Conducted by town’s Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) and led by UC Santa Cruz professor Chris Benner, the research is concentrating on at the least 500 gig staff who carry out companies for 12 of the most well-liked platforms: Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Caviar, Uber Eats, Postmates, GrubHub, Instacart, Shipt, Saucey, Amazon Flex and Drizly.

“This is a really essential workforce for a quantity a causes,” Benner advised TechCrunch. “They are notably susceptible and inclined, particularly early on with drivers taking folks to and from the airport. But now as we’re doubtlessly seeing a spike within the on-line ordering of groceries and meals supply, these folks doing the deliveries are offering important companies throughout this time of getting to shelter in dwelling and are doubtlessly susceptible. And in the event that they’re not being cautious in dealing with meals and groceries, they might doubtlessly be spreading [COVID-19].”

This survey comes after Benner was tasked with main a broader survey about gig staff in San Francisco. That survey kicked off final September however is presently on maintain as Benner and his crew focus extra on the COVID-19 survey. Still, they’re analyzing the 700 responses from that preliminary survey.

“What we all know from different sources and what our survey will probably affirm is it’s a big immigrant workforce,’ Benner stated. “It’s lots of people engaged on low wages and plenty of hours and many individuals do that work full-time.”

Outside of this survey, town has begun taking steps to advocate for this important workforce. Yesterday, SF’s Board of Supervisors pushed for extra gig employee protections, asking the SF Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, for instance, to ascertain enforcement procedures in compliance with Assembly Bill 5. AB 5 is the brand new California regulation that outlines what kinds of staff will be legally categorised as unbiased contractors.

This board of supervisor’s decision, which Gig Workers Rising and We Drive Progress advocated for the board of supervisors to undertake, got here after Gig Workers Rising urged California lawmakers to implement AB 5. Earlier this month, Gig Workers Rising despatched a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom and different state officers asking them to step in and defend staff throughout this pandemic.

In the meantime, staff inquisitive about filling out the survey can achieve this right here.

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