On Tuesday of this week, the Seattle City Council’s Public Safety and Human Services Committee approved legislation to set minimum compensation standards for drivers working for Delivery Network Companies like DoorDash, Shipt, and Uber Eats. The PayUp legislation was approved by a 4-0 vote (with Councilmember Alex Pedersen abstaining) after the Committee approved amendments to exempt Marketplace Network Companies (like Taskrabbit and Rover) from coverage.
Washington Retail sent a letter to the Committee expressing concern about the level of compensation mandated by the legislation (some estimate it could require paying double the Seattle minimum wage of $17.27 per hour). WR supports setting a minimum compensation level for the minimum wage but urged the Council to carefully examine the impacts of this legislation before approving it.
The full City Council is expected to consider the PayUp legislation on May 31.