A protest is growing among gig economy workers unhappy with the way that employers use tips to calculate their pay. With companies like DoorDash (and until recently, Instacart), tips count toward the minimum compensation they quote for each assignment, instead of being a customer add-on for a job well done. In addition, Amazon Flex uses tips to subsidize its guaranteed hourly pay, according to a Los Angeles Times investigation. But that process works only if customers specify a tip in the ordering app. If the specified tip is zero, these companies are forced to pay more from their own pockets to fulfill the fees they quote to contractors. So workers and advocates are making a request to the public: Tip in cash when the delivery arrives, so 100% of the tip goes to them, on top of what the company has already agreed to pay. DoorDash and Instacart have been the most prominent targets of these actions. The website notipdoordash.com for instance, illustrates how DoorDash counts a tip … [Read more...] about Delivery workers: Tip us in cash so companies have to pay us more
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Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. In April 2017, Demarion Duncan learned he’d have to move. That in itself would not be the end of the world; the McBride public housing project in Cairo, Illinois, where the 12-year-old Duncan lived with his mom, dad, and two younger siblings, was falling apart. A complex of 19 stucco-and-brick two-story apartment buildings abutting the Mississippi River levee on the backside of town, McBride was home to 103 families, including many of Duncan’s classmates, friends, and basketball teammates. But while a few units at McBride were still well maintained, others had mold in the bathrooms and flaking lead paint on the staircases. Heat worked sporadically; during cold snaps, Duncan, like many of his neighbors, bundled up and turned on the oven for warmth. Empty units and entire buildings were infested with roaches and rats. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development had been debating what to do with public … [Read more...] about Donald Trump asked, “What do you have to lose?” This Illinois town found out.
Fresh off his appointment as the new Senate education committee chairman, Jason Lewis of Winchester indicated that he wants to go bigger and perhaps bolder than Governor Charlie Baker when it comes to overhauling the state’s education funding formula — and that very well may mean raising new revenue to pay for it.“We really need to do it right,” Lewis said in an interview with the Globe Friday. “If that then requires substantially more funding for public schools, then it’s up to the Legislature and the governor to figure out how to pay for that.”Senate president Karen E. Spilka, House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, and Governor Charlie Baker all have said passing legislation to revamp the state’s troubled funding formula is a top priority this year. The goal, they’ve said, is to help close the widening achievement gap between poorer urban school districts and their wealthier suburban counterparts.To that end, Baker unveiled legislation to … [Read more...] about To fix public education funding, ‘we have to pay for it,’ says new Senate education chair
Iowans were told in January that their state tax refunds would be delayed several weeks in an effort to prevent identity theft and fraud. But a Des Moines Register examination of state data shows another reason: Iowa didn't have enough cash to pay people at the same pace as in previous years. On April 15, when Iowa had just $72 million in cash on hand, it was roughly $300 million behind the pace it had set the previous two years in paying individual income tax refunds. Holly Lyons, fiscal services director for the state’s nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency, reviewed the data and said the department’s claims of fraud prevention “may be an early and partial explanation" for the delay in tax refunds, but that other factors appear also to have played a role. Treasurer of State Mike Fitzgerald, an elected Democrat, was more explicit: "The state could not have made those payments" without delays, he said. "They just can’t." A Department … [Read more...] about Iowa didn’t have money to pay tax refunds at previous pace without delays
Local chapters of a grassroots civil rights organization led by the Rev. Al Sharpton are calling for a moratorium on tax abatements. In the wake of General Motors Co.'s restructuring announcement last week that would affect 14,300 workers and idle five North American plants, the Detroit and Michigan chapters of the National Action Network said they will focus their efforts on the city charter commission to ban property tax breaks for businesses — a move the city calls a "job killer." The groups' leaders say the incentives have led to too many broken promises and that the community needs to figure out a better way to attract investments that will benefit the entirety of Detroit. "Cities are being pimped and prostituted by corporations who've got billions of dollars in their coffers. It doesn't make any sense," said the Rev. Charles Williams II, president of the network's Michigan chapter. "I don't believe the city of Detroit should get on its knees and start begging … [Read more...] about Group calls for halt to Detroit tax abatements