Our Restaurants is requesting from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
regulation to assess and manage the predatory practices of food delivery app
now, food delivery apps like Grubhub, Uber Eats, Postmates and Doordash are
causing huge problems for restaurants and communities. While restaurants
grapple with the catastrophic consequences of COVID-19, these Wall
Street-funded predatory actors are charging hidden fees, roughly 30 percent of
every transaction, manipulating delivery workers and exploiting restaurants,
workers and consumers, in some cases driving restaurants out of business.
food delivery apps are opening their own “ghost kitchens” so that they compete
with the very restaurants dependent on their services. This is wrong. Food
delivery apps are a simple technology that should simply help connect people
that want to order from restaurants with restaurant owners and workers that
make their food.
The goal of the Protect Our Restaurants
movement is to bring together restaurant owners, workers, civil society groups
and consumers to persuade policymakers to regulate food delivery apps so they
can’t use their market power to exploit restaurants and take money out of our
are two ways to get started:
• Organize locally: One of the goals is getting local and state
governments to cap commission fees charged by delivery apps. An organizing
guide, which walks community members through how to organize restaurant owners
in their community, is sent to anyone that signs up.
• Sign the letter to the FTC: Another goal is to get the Federal
government entity tasked with preventing fraud in the marketplace to act
against the false and deceptive actions by these apps.
Upcoming activities include encouraging
cities to impose price caps on food delivery app fees, getting involved in
corporate mergers among these apps as they happen, acting to protect workers,
and pointing out new ways that these corporations act in ways against the
interests of local communities.
To take action, visit ProtectOurRestaurants.com.