A push to revamp the collective bargaining status of drivers steering passenger and delivery vehicles for app-based firms like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash stalled earlier this year in the New York State Legislature. It’s time to send the idea to the scrap pile.

Ride-share companies were making about 750,000 passenger trips per day in New York City before the pandemic struck. But as the city emerges from the pandemic, a change is brewing that would rope drivers into a form of “sectoral bargaining” and impact the economy much more than advocates admit. Sectoral bargaining imposes collective bargaining on an entire sector of employees — for instance, all app-based drivers, not just those driving for Uber.

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Tim Hoefer

Tim Hoefer is president & CEO of the Empire Center for Public Policy.

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