I believe that if … we– Jude Cox
get marked as employees then they’re going to start becoming a
lot more selective of who will be on the app. And that might lead
to a lot of people being let off.
Jude is a college student in New Orleans who picked up work delivering food for
Doordash about a year ago in 2021, which then became his main source of income. In an interview that would certainly be helpful to any new “Dasher” he talks about strategy for making a good wage when working, as well as some of the difficulties inherent in the Doordash drivers’ app, which come from the clash between its design and the interest of its workers. While food delivery app driving is sometimes frustrating, he cites having freedom to choose when you work as one benefit of gig work, though he also shares thoughts about how food delivery is generally unnecessary. Throughout, he shares some anecdotes about the interactions that come from being a gig worker, both from IRL experiences and in online communities. Finally, he gives his perspective on the present and future state of gig delivery.
Bibliographic citation for this interview:
Jude Cox. Interview with Jude Cox. Interview by Dexter Earley. Audio recording, transcript, November 8, 2022. The Gig Economy Collection. Documentary and Oral History Studio, Loyola University New Orleans. https://youtu.be/9UOAlCVRRoQ.
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