Hi, I'm Hailing
Since immigrating as a teenager from China to New York City, Hailing Chen has become a leader in the fight for better pay, benefits, and rights on the job for the Uber and Lyft drivers who keep New York City moving. Now he is running for City Council in District 20 to make sure the voices of all immigrant workers are heard in City Hall.
FIGHTING FOR IMMIGRANTS
Hailing is fighting for immigrant workers because he knows the struggle – personally. Hailing attended East West International for Studies in Flushing and went on to study at St. John’s University in Queens. He began driving for Uber, like 85,000 other New Yorkers hustling to make a living in a city of rising rents and stagnant wages. Like many other drivers, he found himself on a treadmill of low pay, long hours, and deepening debt. But instead of just trying to get a better job, Hailing decided to organize his fellow drivers to make their job better.
For the past three years, Hailing has been a leader for better pay, benefits, and rights on the job for Uber and Lyft drivers with the Independent Drivers Guild, a Machinists Union affiliate. He has brought drivers together in protests that rocked City Hall for pay regulations and reforms to protect drivers. When tragedy struck the driver community through suicide, death on the job, and the COVID pandemic, Hailing worked with community organizations and benefits providers to provide crucial support.
HAILING CHEN FOR THE PEOPLE
a voice for immigrant workers
Hailing Chen knows exactly how New York City runs on immigrant labor, because he is one of the workers who keeps the city moving. He has seen the City of New York fail immigrant workers. That’s why he is running for City Council – to build a city that works for all of us.