Compromise measure addresses concerns about third-party delivery in Seattle

SEATTLE (May 28, 2024) – Citing mounting revenue losses for app-based workers, restaurants and businesses, the Washington Alliance for Innovation and Independent Work encouraged the Seattle City Council to take action on CB 120775 and fix the city’s delivery pay ordinance. 

“Seattle restaurants and businesses are losing millions because of this new law, and the workers this law was supposed to help are bearing the brunt of its unintended consequences. It has changed the very nature of app-based work in Seattle, reducing flexibility to work when and where you chose. To cut costs and restore orders, the City Council must step up and pass this commonsense solution,” said Marcos Wanless, Alliance partner and president and founder of the Seattle Latino Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

“Third-party delivery apps like DoorDash, GrubHub and UberEats have reported significant impacts from the law: In the first six weeks of implementation, DoorDash alone reported 300,000 fewer orders. This had a direct and negative impact on retailers and workers’ earnings. 

“Voters are also unhappy with the new law. A recent poll of Seattle voters by EMC found that 80 percent want to see the law repealed or revised. A good compromise proposal has been developed, one that helps restore balance for workers, restaurants, businesses and customers. 

“It’s time for the council to take action and fix this ordinance without further delay.”


About the WA Alliance for Innovation and Independent Work
WA Alliance for Innovation and Independent Work is a coalition of consumers, independent workers, small businesses, app-based services, and community leaders from across the state that seeks to strengthen and support advancements in the new workplace. Today, flexible jobs, benefits, and innovative services are essential to enhancing Washington’s emerging economic opportunities and empowering the small businesses and workers who are leading and innovating.