The El Monte City Council voted Wednesday evening to draft an ordinance that would guarantee a $30-an-hour minimum wage for rideshare drivers in the city.
“Hearing from drivers and understanding what they’re facing, plus knowing how these companies impact city and state revenues, makes looking into this an easy decision,” El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero said. “El Monte is a major transit hub, with the largest bus depot West of Chicago. A lot of first- and last- mile trips originate here and it makes sense to see that money stay with workers in this valley instead of going to Silicon Valley.”
The ordinance is supported by members of Mobile Workers Alliance, a driver-led organizing project of Service Employees International Union Local 721 in Los Angeles. MWA officials say if El Monte passes such an ordinance it would be the first of its kind in the United States.
According to the MWA, El Monte officials will spend the next four months developing the ordinance, taking driver utilization rates, waiting times, enforcement methods, and models developed by other cities into consideration.
A bill currently working its way through the California Legislature — AB 5 — seeks to classify drivers for companies such as Lyft and Uber as employees.