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Ivan Ostos

Iván Ostos was studying music in college when he began work as a Foodora courier 4 years ago in Toronto, Canada. While loving his job for the activity, adventure and community of being a courier, he quickly learned how dangerous and precarious the work was and wanted to change things. Iván believes in transparent, democratic, bottom-up structures and has been organizing Foodora couriers with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) for over a year. They have already made waves as the some of the first North American app workers to unionize and recently set a precedent redefining couriers from contractors to real workers. Through this time organizing, he's learned a lot about bringing many different groups of people over a large urban area together for a common goal, and what unions need to stay relevant into the 2020s.