Postmates Picks Up Obama Administration Alum To Fight Policies
Whether it counts on human couriers or someday replaces them entirely, the on-demand food-delivery service Postmates is beginning to recognize that it has plenty of policy battles on its hands.
To that end, the startup has hired one of former President Barack Obama’s top aides on innovation and automation: Vikrum Aiyer, who is joining Postmates as its head of strategic communications and policy, he told me in an email. He’ll be part of a growing roster of former White House ex-pats taking up residence in San Francisco.
Like many in the on-demand industry, Postmates relies on independent contractors, who aren’t guaranteed benefits like health care that are normally afforded to full-time employees. Some couriers dislike that designation and even filed a class-action lawsuit against the company in 2015. The state of Washington, meanwhile, ordered Postmates in December to pay workers’ compensation premiums to about 3,000 of its couriers, a ruling the company has since challenged.