BOSTON (NEWSnet/AP) — Drivers for ride-hailing companies in Massachusetts are pushing a ballot proposal that could win them union rights if approved.

Supporters of the measure delivered the final batch of signatures needed to land a spot on the November ballot.

It comes despite a settlement in June guaranteeing that Uber and Lyft drivers will get a minimum pay standard of $32.50 per hour in Massachusetts.

April Verrett, president of Service Employees International Union, said Uber and Lyft drivers working in the state deserve the collective bargaining benefit of a union.

Verrett said labor laws aren’t written to consider gig workers, something the ballot question would begin to address in Massachusetts if voters support it.

The ballot question, if approved, would define “active drivers” as those who completed more than the median number of rides in the previous six months.

After a union signs 5% of active drivers in a bargaining unit, it would get a list of eligible workers and block any other union from being recognized without an election.

If a union then signs 25% of the eligible voters in a bargaining unit, it becomes the certified bargaining representative, unless another union or a “no-union” group comes forward within seven days with signed cards from at least 25% of eligible voters. 

Kelly Cobb-Lemire, an organizer with Massachusetts Drivers United, said other app-based workers including delivery drivers, are left out of the ballot question.

She said her group is urging lawmakers to approve a bill that enshrines full employee rights for all app workers and includes a path to unionization for everyone.

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