…and billions in liabilities for state and local budgets. Now that the big gig companies are trying to literally re-write the law to create their own special exemptions, the choice couldn’t be more clear.
Press Release 09/17/20: Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta Calls on Californians to Reject Prop 22
Says App Companies’ Deceptive Ballot Measure Will Permanently Deepen Racial and Economic Disparities in California
Sacramento, CA – Labor icon and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta today called on voters to reject Uber, Lyft, Doordash’s $181 million campaign to exempt themselves from key labor laws in California by curtailing their workers’ rights to paid sick leave, healthcare, a minimum wage, and unemployment insurance.
A lifelong advocate for initiatives that protect workers and consumers, Dolores Huerta said the app company measure would deepen racial and economic disparities in California. By eroding minimum wage protections, Prop 22 would lock a workforce that is predominantly people of color – and almost a quarter Latino – into permanently low-wage jobs.
“Latinos and communities of color have always borne the brunt of predatory business practices like the ones Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash have used to rake in billions off the backs of their drivers – and Proposition 22 will be no different,” said Dolores Huerta. “Californians can already see straight through the measure’s deceptive rhetoric to know that it will benefit the companies only, making it impossible for drivers to earn a living wage. We will not allow a handful of billion-dollar corporations to roll back decades of hard-won progress on historic labor law protections for workers. I’m urging all Californians to vote NO on Prop 22.”