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DoorDash’s Coronavirus Hazard Pay for SF Drivers: 78 Cents per Day

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DoorDash will pay its drivers an extra 78 cents per day to cover all their pandemic-related costs
Eve Batey

DoorDash reportedly emailed workers in SF saying that they’ll get 78 more cents a day to help keep themselves safe during the coronavirus crisis

Advocacy group Gig Workers Rising shared a letter that San Francisco-based food delivery company DoorDash sent to drivers this week, saying that for protective measures necessary during an unprecedented and potentially deadly crisis, they’d be paid an additional 78 cents per day.

Broke-Ass Stuart reports that the additional 78 cents per day was granted to SF workers only, in response to the city’s April 21 emergency ordinance requiring on-demand delivery services to “provide to or reimburse employees for the reasonable cost of purchasing necessary hand sanitizer, disinfecting cleaning supplies, and any needed personal protective equipment such as gloves and face masks.”

According to the email from DoorDash, which as of June had a valuation of almost $16 billion and an estimated median executive salary of $100 per hour, “for each day you complete at least one delivery in the CA: San Francisco Starting Point, you’ll receive an additional $0.78 daily deposit on top of your regular earnings.” Those 78 cents should cover the “additional deposit” DoorDash claims the ordinance requires “for wiping down frequently touched surfaces in their vehicles,” but does not address how it intends to cover the PPE requirements detailed in the actual San Francsico law.

Meanwhile, DoorDash has thus far sunk tens of millions into a fight to continue to classify their drivers as independent contractors. Along with fellow SF companies Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and Instacart, DoorDash is pushing Proposition 22, which would allow the state’s voters to decide the employment classification fate of gig workers.

On Tuesday, those tech companies suffered an additional blow in court, as (per the SF Chronicle), Judge Laurie Earl ruled that the prop should be described on the California ballot and ballot pamphlet as one that “Exempts app-based transportation and delivery companies from providing employee benefits to certain drivers.” The startups had a beef with “exempts,” claiming that it was a “prejeducal” word. According to Earl, however, “read as a whole, this is not false, misleading, or inaccurate, and the use of the word ‘exempt’ in the ballot title does not make it so.”

And in other news...

  • The closure of the Tanforan Hooters leaves just one location of the wings-and-objectification chain in the Bay Area. [East Bay Times]
  • San Francisco’s emergency food delivery program for its elder residents, Great Plates Delivered SF, will keep on delivering through the end of the month. [SF Examiner]
  • The Mission Community Market, a weekly open-air celebration of food from local restaurants like Loló and vendors like vegan bakery Delightful Foods, is still trucking after ten years. [Mission Local]
  • Booted from its Fisherman’s Wharf slot after a neighboring restaurant needed more space for outdoor dining, sustainable seafood supplier Pioneer Seafoods has landed in Redwood City. [SF Chronicle]
  • Via Instagram, the chef/owner of seven-year-old Basque tapas spot Duende says that it will temporarily close for an unstated amount of time, as “staying open during these circumstances is simply not sustainable.” [SF Gate]
  • Another closure of indeterminate length: tea/cafe mini-chain Samovar, which has put all four of its locations into “hibernation.” Online sales will continue, founder Jesse Jacobs says, and they’re also launching virtual events like guided mindful tea tastings. [Mission Local]
  • Mauerpark, a three-year-old German café in the Castro, will close for good on August 14. Via an email to customers, owner Salome Buelow said that “this industry has always been a difficult one, especially in large expensive cities such as San Francisco. Covid-19 has only made it more so.” [Hoodline]
  • Milla Handley, the first female winemaker in California to open a self-monikered winery, has died of COVID-19. She was 68. [SF Chronicle]
  • As the city of Palo Alto launches additional street closures to facilitate outdoor dining — Ramona Street will shut down on Friday, for example [Palo Alto Daily Post] — some area restaurants say the closures do more harm than good. [Palo Alto Online]
  • Nigerian pastry pop-up Gourmet Puff has landed at Oakland incubator Forage Kitchen, and will be open Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 478 25th Street. [Berkeleyside]


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