Postmates applauds House Passage of Amendment to Modernize Gig Workforce Data Trend Collection
Today, Postmates released the following statement following the House passage of a New Democrat Coalition-led amendment in H.R. 2740, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Legislative Branch, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020.
The Future of Work Task Force Co-Chairs, led by Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11) and co-sponsored by Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester (DE-AL), Chris Pappas (NH-01), and Haley Stevens (MI-11), offered an amendment to modernize how the Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor trends and conducts the contingent worker survey, which measure people in non-traditional work arrangements.
“The future of America’s economy rests upon making sure that workers have a voice, and it’s incumbent on all of us to be advocates for our workforce if we want to create a new social compact that reflects the way we live and work. To do that, we need to better understand the size, scope and patterns of how flexible workers operate in the innovation economy. At Postmates, we have long advocated for the regular collection and reporting of data about on-demand work. Evidence shows that such a step will bring clarity to the way wages, inflation, and other key measures are tracked, creating a foundation that will help us balance innovation with labor protections and maintaining flexibility for workers.
“That’s why we applaud the House of Representatives for passing a measure that will modernize how the Bureau of Labor Statistics measures labor trends and surveys people in non-traditional work arrangements. More transparency and improved data will result in better decision-making across the board. At Postmates, we’re looking forward to participating in data-informed conversations that will make life better for our fleet and gig-workers everywhere, and we look forward to a conversation with the Senate to advance that discussion.”