The Seattle City Council is considering a bill that would set a minimum wage for app-based delivery drivers. If passed, Seattle would be the first U.S. city to do so – with others slated to follow. However, business groups are concerned that workers will lose flexibility and consumers will have to pay more for the app-based services they rely on.
Ride-sharing companies have already raised their rates significantly in Seattle due to several factors, including the wage hike for drivers. A similar increase in customer prices is likely to ensue to cover the additional cost for the $17.27 per hour minimum wage for these additional app-based gig workers.