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November 3, 2020

Californians Approve Prop 22, Providing Hundreds of Thousands of Drivers Independence Plus Benefits, and Protecting the Services Millions Rely On

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SACRAMENTO — California has spoken and millions of voters joined their voices with the hundreds of thousands of drivers who want independence plus benefits. With nearly 10 million votes counted, Prop 22 is passing with 57% of the vote. With the passage of Prop 22, app-based rideshare and delivery drivers across the state will be able to maintain their independence, plus have access to historic new benefits, like a minimum earnings guarantee and health care.

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November 2, 2020

Hundreds of Organizations and Majority of Daily Newspapers Across California Endorse Proposition 22

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SACRAMENTO — With just one day before Election Day, newspaper editorial boards, along with advocacy groups across the state, are championing Proposition 22. From leading civil rights organizations, like the California State National Action Network and Hispanic 100, to seniors’ groups, like LeadingAge California and the National Hispanic Council on Aging, along with countless public safety and small business groups, over 100 organizations have joined more than 120,000 app-based drivers in support of Proposition 22.

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October 28, 2020

In Case You Missed It: New Independent Poll: 80% of California Rideshare Drivers and 84% of Delivery Drivers Want to Remain Independent Contractors

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SACRAMENTO—A new poll released by Stride Health, a health care navigation startup focused on connecting individuals with health plans under the Affordable Care Act, added to the mountain of evidence showing that the vast majority of app-based rideshare and delivery drivers support Prop 22 and want to continue working as independent contractors with flexibility of when, where, and how long they work.

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October 27, 2020

Why Yes on 22 is Needed for Consumers: Independent Study Finds App-Based Rideshare and Delivery Costs And Wait Times Could Double

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SACRAMENTO — An independent study from the Berkeley Research Group (BRG) found that an employment model for app-based rideshare and delivery services will have devastating consequences for consumers, increasing rideshare costs between 25% and 100%, doubling wait times, and eliminating services altogether in many areas across California.

Publication
October 17, 2020

Our View: Ballot Measures, Endorsements Recap

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By Santa Clarita Valley Signal Editorial Board

A yes vote allows companies not to classify drivers as regular employees but provide them with some benefits that employees receive, such as minimum compensation, vehicle insurance, safety training and sexual harassment policies.

Publication
October 13, 2020

Yes on Prop 22 helps drivers and would be a rebuke to the chaos that is AB 5

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By Palm Springs Desert Sun Editorial Board

Though we’re not fans of industry regulation by ballot box, California voters this November have the chance to push back against the mess of a law that was AB 5 and how it has wreaked havoc on industries across California. How? They can vote yes on Proposition 22.

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October 9, 2020

We recommend: The statewide ballot propositions

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By Chico Enterprise-Record Editorial Board

PROPOSITION 22: Yes. This is the gig economy relief measure. It’s designed to allow app-based businesses like Uber, Lyft and Doordash to continue treating their drivers like independent contractors rather than employees.

Publication
October 9, 2020

Opinion says yes to Proposition 22

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By La Opinión Editorial Board

One of the most controversial plebiscites that Californians will have to vote on November 3 is Proposition 22.

Publication
October 8, 2020

La Opinión dice sí a la Proposición 22

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Uno de los plebiscitos más polémicos que los californianos deberán votar el 3 de noviembre es la Proposición 22. Representa la reacción de empresas de transporte de pasajeros como Uber, Lyft y DoorDash contra una ley de la Legislatura estatal que los conmina a contratar a los conductores como si fuesen empleados. Su postura constituye […]

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October 8, 2020

Our positions on state props: 8 no, 3 yes

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By Redlands Community News Editorial Board

Proposition 22. Yes. Prop 22 would allow app-based businesses such as Uber, Lyft and DoorDash to classify their drivers as independent contractors.

Publication
September 30, 2020

In Case You Missed It: Momentum Continues to Grow as Faith-Based Leaders, Family Farmers, Social Justice, Small Business and Taxpayer Advocates Join Yes on 22 Movement

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SACRAMENTO – The California Taxpayers Association (CalTax), Congress of Racial Equality, Latino Restaurant Association, California Farm Bureau Federation, International Faith Based Coalition, and the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ACE) recently announced their endorsement of Proposition 22.

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September 25, 2020

Prop. 22 would let app-based drivers like me keep our freedom and flexibility

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By Al Porche

Six months into the worst health and economic crises anyone alive has ever known, California’s economy is reeling. Millions have lost their jobs and many laid-off Californians have turned to app-based delivery to make ends meet. But these newfound opportunities could be gone for good unless the voters step up to save them.

Publication
September 17, 2020

Why I’m Supporting Proposition 22: The Self-Employed Deserve A Voice

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By Greg Ferenstein

This post makes the case that there are millions of gig workers who genuinely benefit from being independent contractors; the law should reflect their voice with public policies that improve conditions for self-employment, rather than restricting access to it.

Publication
September 13, 2020

Don’t stifle the gig economy, vote yes on California Prop. 22

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By San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board

Proposition 22 is a battle between two determined and equally unappealing combatants. Proponents consist of the gig economy companies — Uber, Lyft, DoorDash among them — that are pouring $180 million into a campaign to dictate how they would be regulated on workplace issues. Opponents are the labor unions and the politicians they control, who refused to come up with a reasonable compromise in Sacramento.

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September 11, 2020

HopSkipDrive, a small rideshare platform founded by working mothers that helps families, students with special needs, students experiencing homelessness and foster youth, announces its support of Prop 22

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SACRAMENTO — HopSkipDrive, a rideshare service that provides safe and reliable transportation for children and families, announced its support of Proposition 22 today, joining 100,000 app-based drivers and social justice, public safety, business groups and community organizations.

Publication
September 11, 2020

Yes on 22: Preserve California’s gig economy

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By Santa Rosa Press Democrat Editorial Board

Proposition 22 is shaping up as a ballot-box version of the gunfight at the OK Corral. Instead of the Clantons and Earps, this feud pits organized labor against Uber, Lyft and other app-based service companies.

Publication
September 8, 2020

White-Collar, White Professionals Get AB5 Exemptions. Why Don’t Black and Brown App-Based Drivers?

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By Alice Huffman

The California legislature is known for producing progressive, forward-thinking policies that empower people of color. But when it comes to protecting the freedom of workers who drive cars, buy groceries, and deliver other services via app-based platforms—the majority of them Black and Brown Californians—the legislature is failing our community.

Publication
September 4, 2020

More than 25% of new national unemployment claims last week came from California

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SACRAMENTO – According to data from the United States Department of Labor, California had 28% (236,874) of all unemployment claims filed nationwide in the last week. In response to worsening economic data and unemployment, the Yes on Prop 22 campaign released the following statement from Elizabeth Clews, a single mother who needs flexibility to balance the demands of motherhood and college.

Publication
September 4, 2020

Unions Seek to ‘Liberate’ Gig Workers From Flexibility

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By Michael Saltsman

Does the future of America’s labor movement run through our smartphones? As many as a quarter of American adults earn income as gig workers, either through an app-based service like Uber or Lyft, or as traditional freelancers. Labor advocates would grant gig workers the right to bargain collectively. But unionization might hurt these workers more than it helps.

Publication
August 31, 2020

Over 100 exemptions to AB 5 make the case for Prop 22

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By Jim Pyatt

AB 5 is a hot mess. Mere months after it took effect, the same politicians who forced AB 5 on California’s workforce are adding more exemptions to the law—bringing the total number of exemptions to over 100. They are all listed below. There’s a reason they have to keep adding fixes to the shoddily crafted legislation: the law is completely unworkable for an extraordinarily large number of professions and occupations. Already, the bill is creating a state of confusion for workers like me. But the scramble to add so many exemptions makes three things undeniably clear to app-based drivers and California voters alike.

Publication
August 29, 2020

Our View: Endorsement: YES on Prop 22 keeps on-demand drivers ‘independent’

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By Bakersfield Californian Editorial Board

Proposition 22 on the Nov. 3 ballot is intended to protect thousands of California’s on-demand drivers, their customers, much-needed jobs and the state’s economy. It is the latest battle in a war between independent contractors and labor union advocates over California’s “gig economy.”

Publication
August 24, 2020

In Case You Missed It: Washington Post column decries “high-stakes game of chicken with some of its many ‘gig economy’ companies.”

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SACRAMENTO—In case you missed it, a Washington Post column waded into the game of chicken California is playing with app-based rideshare and delivery companies, concluding that unless a change is made to protect the independent contractor status of app-based drivers, “…the ones who will really get burned are the residents who depend on these companies […]

Publication
August 24, 2020

New Ad Campaign Highlights Need for Prop 22 to Save Hundreds of Thousands of App-Based Jobs

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SACRAMENTO—The Yes on Prop 22 campaign released a new ad highlighting Sacramento politicians’ attempts to strip app-based rideshare and delivery drivers’ ability to work independently and eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs in the middle of a pandemic and recession. The ad, entitled “Skyrocketing,” began airing over the weekend on television and digital platforms across the state. A full transcript of the ad is below.

Publication
August 21, 2020

It’s up to voters to save rideshare and delivery services from Assembly Bill 5

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By Steven Greenhut – Editorial Board member, Southern California News Group

Uber and Lyft, we hardly knew you. As the California attorney general pursues its lawsuit against these ride-sharing companies, to force them to comply immediately with the state’s virtual ban on using contractors as workers, the firms had announced last week that they would temporarily leave the state as they retool into smaller operations.

Publication
August 18, 2020

Yes on Proposition 22 to save ridesharing and worker choice in California

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By Southern Californian News Group Editorial Board

Since the California Supreme Court in 2018 handed down its Dynamex decision, the state has been marching toward an inevitable showdown with app-based transportation firms such as Uber, Lyft and DoorDash. Those companies have built business models around the type of independent-contractor labor the court decision has largely banned.

Publication
July 30, 2020

Yes on 22 campaign sues California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for writing a false and misleading ballot label and title and summary that is “obviously calculated to create voter bias against Proposition 22”

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SACRAMENTO—The Yes on 22 campaign today filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Xavier Becerra alleging he is abusing the power of his office by writing a Prop 22 ballot label and title and summary that is intentionally written to influence voters to oppose the measure. The lawsuit claims the AG’s ballot title is “false, materially misleading, and prejudicial” in violation of the Election Code § 9051 which specifically requires that the Attorney General give “a true and impartial statement of the purpose of the measure” that “shall neither be an argument, nor likely to create prejudice, for or against the proposed measure.”

Publication
July 27, 2020

In Case You Missed It: San Francisco Chronicle condemns Attorney General Xavier Becerra for “skewing the language” in favor of No on Prop 22

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SACRAMENTO –The San Francisco Chronicle accused Attorney General Xavier Becerra of “skewing” the title and summary for Prop 22 in favor of the No on Prop 22 campaign. This is not the first time the attorney general has been publicly criticized for abandoning his duty to write fair and non-prejudicial voter information and instead writing titles and summaries designed to mislead voters.

Publication
July 27, 2020

Prop. 22 Protects Independent Contractors

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By Dr. Tecoy Porter Sr.

Although millions of Californians are suffering, people of color and disadvantaged communities have been disproportionately ravaged by the double blow of the coronavirus pandemic and resulting economic meltdown.

Publication
July 26, 2020

California attorney general loads language on 2 November measures

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By John Diaz – Editorial Page Editor, San Francisco Chronicle

California’s attorney general is charged with providing a “true and impartial” title and summary for ballot propositions. Once again, the attorney general’s office is being legitimately accused of skewing the language in favor of one side of an issue.

Publication
July 16, 2020

An Endorsement for Prop 22

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By Andrew Sheeler – Reporter, Sacramento Bee

Proposition 22, a response to AB 5 that would reclassify rideshare drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft as independent contractors, just received an endorsement from the National Black Chamber of Commerce.

Publication
July 7, 2020

Words Don’t Lie: Public Statements by AB 5 Supporters Expose Their Real Agenda is to Limit the Number of App-Based Drivers & Jobs Despite Record Unemployment

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Sacramento, CA – Many of the loudest supporters of AB 5 claimed they were representing the interests of app-based rideshare and delivery drivers. However, a new look at their public comments reveals AB 5’s most vocal supporters are really pursuing a different agenda: limiting the number of app-based rideshare and delivery drivers allowed to do this work.

Publication
June 24, 2020

App-based drivers and riders outraged by Attorney General and City Attorneys’ plan to file a motion for preliminary injunction that is aimed at taking away drivers’ choice to work as independent contractors – jeopardizing 900,000 jobs and essential rideshare and delivery services in the middle of a recession

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Sacramento, CA – Drivers with the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services coalition expressed outrage today after learning that the state Attorney General plans to file a preliminary injunction asking a judge to force app-based drivers to be employees.

Publication
June 16, 2020

Statement from the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services Coalition Regarding San Francisco District Attorney Lawsuit that Seeks to Shut Down Independent App-Based Work

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SACRAMENTO – In response to a lawsuit filed today in San Francisco Superior Court by San Francisco District Attorney’s Office against DoorDash, the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services coalition released the following statement. NOTE: This lawsuit applies to DoorDash drivers statewide, not just in San Francisco.

Publication
June 12, 2020

California Voters Must Protect App-Based Drivers and Services

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By Patricia Mulholland

Five years ago, traditional jobs stopped being an option for me. As a retired, disabled Vietnam veteran and a caretaker for an ill family member, I needed to earn a living that kept the stress down but the flexibility up so I could meet my family obligations.

Publication
May 22, 2020

Uber-Backed Gig Driver Question Qualifies for California Ballot

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By Tiffany Stecker – Reporter, Bloomberg Law

California voters will decide in November whether rideshare drivers can get some of the benefits of employees while remaining independent contractors, a vote that could exempt their employers from the state’s landmark gig worker law.

Publication
May 22, 2020

In face of looming threats that would eliminate 900,000 app-based jobs, CA ballot measure qualifies to protect app-based drivers and services

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Sacramento, CA – The Protect App-Based Drivers & Services coalition, a growing group of tens of thousands of app-based drivers, public safety organizations, social justice advocates, business and community leaders, announce qualification of the landmark proposition protecting the choice of one million app-based drivers to earn income as independent contractors while providing new earning guarantees and benefits.

Publication
May 19, 2020

App-Based Gigs Keep Me Working During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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By Alfred Porche III

Two months ago my entire life changed. In March, I worried about stocking up on toilet paper and buying masks. Then the state’s 40 million residents were asked to stay in their homes with limited social contact because of COVID-19 and I signed up to help bring food and supplies to people who can’t get out.

Publication
May 12, 2020

In Case You Missed It: New independent poll shows app-based drivers resoundingly prefer to be independent contractors by a 71-17% margin

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SACRAMENTO – A new, independent poll released by the Rideshare Guy found that nearly three quarters of app-based drivers surveyed prefer to be independent contractors, compared to only 17 percent who would prefer to be an employee. This poll is strong evidence that California politicians who are trying to prevent drivers from working as independent contractors do not represent the interests of those drivers.

Publication
March 30, 2020

Uber, Lyft press AB 5 initiative

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By Andrew Sheeler – Reporter, Sacramento Bee

The group behind a ballot measure intended to undo the changes of Assembly Bill 5 announced Friday that it has begun to submit petition signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

Publication
March 27, 2020

As Californians depend on ‘essential’ app-based services, coalition of drivers and businesses submits signatures to qualify California ballot measure to protect drivers

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SACRAMENTO – As app-based delivery and rideshare drivers continue providing essential services during the pandemic, the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services coalition today began turning in signatures to local county Registrars of Voters offices across the state to qualify a measure for the November ballot.

Publication
November 6, 2019

Ballot battle looms over Assembly Bill 5

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By Los Angeles Daily News Editorial Board

The battle over Assembly Bill 5, which forbids many companies from using contractors as their workforce, is far from over even after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed it into law. Three companies that face an existential threat from the measure — Uber, Lyft and DoorDash — have introduced an initiative that would exempt them from turning their drivers into regular employees.

Publication
March 19, 2020

Statement from Protect App-Based Drivers & Services Coalition in Response to COVID-19

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SACRAMENTO, CA — The following statement can be attributed to Stacey Wells, campaign spokesperson for the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services Act: “App-based delivery and rideshare are being deemed essential services by mayors and governors around the country during this time of public emergency, helping neighbors and the most vulnerable among us get food, groceries, medicine and other necessities.

Publication
February 27, 2020

Campaign to Protect App-Based Drivers’ Independence & Flexibility Hits 1 Million Signature Goal in Seven Weeks

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SACRAMENTO –The Protect App-Based Drivers & Services coalition announced today that overwhelming public support for the ballot measure resulted in a faster-than-expected signature gathering pace. In just seven weeks, the campaign hit its 1 million voter signature goal and concluded signature collection. The 1 million signatures far exceed the 623,212 required for qualification.

Publication
February 20, 2020

California’s Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Join Growing Coalition to Protect App-Based Drivers & Services

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SACRAMENTO – Two widely respected statewide public safety organizations – the California Police Chiefs Association and the California State Sheriffs’ Association – have joined Fathers Against Drunk Driving and a growing coalition of public safety, community and business groups supporting the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services Act, a ballot measure proposed for November 2020 that would protect the right of those who earn on rideshare and delivery platforms to work as independent contractors, while ensuring these services remain accessible for the millions of Californians who rely on them every day.

Publication
February 18, 2020

The Gig Economy Offers Parents Options and Obstacles

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By Dani Blum and Laura Vanderkam

Most days, Shawn Morse of Milwaukee can be found caring for his two young children while his wife works full time as a manager of neurology clinic research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. But after she comes home around 6 p.m., and the family has had dinner, Morse checks his apps: GrubHub, DoorDash, UberEats, Uber, Lyft, Instacart.

Publication
February 4, 2020

Instacart Shoppers, Small Businesses and Other App-Based Drivers Outraged by San Diego City Attorney’s Lawsuit Attempting to Force Them to Become Employees

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SACRAMENTO – Today app-based rideshare and delivery drivers from across the state reacted with anger and frustration that an elected politician in San Diego filed an emergency application for a temporary restraining order seeking to take away the rights of Instacart shoppers in California to earn an income as independent contractors and instead force them to become employees.

Publication
January 31, 2020

Gig economy initiative collecting signatures quickly, blows past 25%

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By Mark Anderson – Staff Writer, Sacramento Business Journal

A ballot measure supported by gig economy companies to overturn California’s Assembly Bill 5, the new independent contractor labor law, has reached 25% of its needed signatures to get on the November ballot.

Publication
January 8, 2020

Coalition of App-Based Drivers, Public Safety Leaders, Small Businesses, Community Leaders, Rideshare and Food Delivery Platforms Launch Signature Gathering Campaign

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SACRAMENTO – This week a broad coalition of tens of thousands of app-based drivers, small businesses, public safety leaders, community groups and on-demand rideshare and food delivery platforms will start signature gathering efforts to qualify the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services Act for the November 2020 California statewide ballot. The campaign, which is supported by more than 27,000 drivers and growing, expects to collect well in excess of the 623,212 valid signatures required to qualify the measure.

Publication
January 8, 2020

Petitions to repeal gig-worker law begin circulating this week

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By Dawn Kawamoto – Staff Reporter, San Francisco Business Times

Starting this week, your next ride-hailing trip or food delivery may also come with a political pitch to sign a petition to nullify the recently passed AB 5 gig worker law.

Publication
December 31, 2019

Despite AB 5, Uber Drivers Would Rather Quit Than Be Employees

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By Tony Pierce

On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 5, which is intended to reduce worker misclassification by turning “independent contractors,” like rideshare drivers, into employees of the companies they work with. The new law would force giants like Lyft and Uber to do things like pay a minimum wage, provide health insurance benefits and paid sick days off.

Publication
December 31, 2019

California’s new gig economy law was meant to help workers. But it will likely hurt them instead

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By Louis Hyman – Contributor, CNN Business

On January 1, a law went into effect in California known as AB5 that is intended to reclassify many of the state’s independent contractors as regular employees and give them the workplace benefits they deserve, such as unemployment and disability insurance. Perhaps even more importantly, as employees, these gig workers will have access to the full body of rights under labor and employment law. Without those rights, contractors — Uber and Lyft drivers, freelancers and other gig workers — are being exploited. As employees under the new law, it is hoped, they will enjoy job stability and decent wages. The unstated assumption of lawmakers here is that companies will simply comply with the law and convert those gig jobs into full-time positions.

Paid for by Yes on 22 – Save App-Based Jobs & Services: a coalition of on-demand drivers and platforms, small businesses, public safety and community organizations. Committee major funding from Uber Technologies, Lyft, and DoorDash.

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