Sick of GIG Greed #NOonProp22 #SickOfGigGreed
Sick of GIG Greed #NOonProp22 #SickofGigGreed

UBER AND LYFT MAKE US SICK

Breaking the Law

Why have Uber and Lyft pledged to spend $100,000,000.00 or more to re-write California law?

To create their own special loophole 
There is no question that Uber and Lyft are illegally classifying their employees as “contractors” to evade their obligations to their workers and all Californians.  But rather than listen to the legislature – and the Attorney General, the State Supreme Court, and cities across the state – these gig companies have gone all-in on a scheme to write their own law and create special exemptions that apply only to them.

To protect billions in shady profits
Why is this so important to Uber and Lyft?  Because by dodging taxes and cheating their workers they rake in billions in additional profits through their illegal labor scheme.  Now they’re trying to create a loophole just for them, but still large enough to billions of dollars to pass through.

To leave drivers with no protections
Drivers aren’t just being cheated out of money and job security.  Their safety is at-risk as well as Uber and Lyft deny workers paid sick leave, unemployment, and other benefits and protections that all employees deserve.

Prop 22 Is an Assault on the Rights and Dignity of Uber, Lyft, Postmates Workers

Teen Vogue

If you’re a resident of California, a person who follows workers’ rights issues, or both, you’ve probably heard talk about Proposition 22, a state ballot measure that’s kicked up quite a ruckus over the past few months. Prop 22 concerns the workers at app-based companies who provide transportation and delivery services — think drivers and delivery workers for Uber and Postmates. The goal of Prop 22 is to carve out a special exemption from the state’s AB5 law, which was intended to protect independent contractors from misclassification, and it would extend some half-baked protections and benefits to app-based drivers who would be classified as “independent contractors”; however, these workers would ultimately come away with fewer rights and less flexibility than if they were full-time employees, which many argue is how they should be classified in the first place.

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/prop-22-california-workers-rights

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The Future of Decent Work Depends on the Failure of Prop 22

OneZero

If the Uber-backed ballot initiative passes, it may lay the groundwork for unrest not seen since the onset of the Industrial Revolution

Ina moment absolutely overstuffed with events that all bear the weight of historic significance — the hard-right lurch of the Supreme Court, an election the president appears destined to lose and then contest, another surge in the deadly pandemic — it’s easy for California’s Prop 22 to get lost in the shuffle. But it could be as momentous as any of that. Its passage would mark a definitive milestone in the rise of algorithm-orchestrated jobs, and deliver a serious and possibly permanent blow to the future of decent work, not unlike the one dealt to workers at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

https://onezero.medium.com/the-future-of-decent-work-depends-on-the-failure-of-prop-22-9678e3031717

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The racist business model behind Uber and Lyft

The Guardian

The apps feed a false promise of stability to immigrants and people of color. Instead, drivers receive low pay and no benefits

Uber and Lyft want you to know they aren’t racist. It’s why Uber put up billboards all over the west coast saying “If you tolerate racism, delete Uber.” It’s why Lyft is running ads featuring Maya Angelou’s “Lift up your eyes” poem over clips of Black passengers enjoying their service. It’s all to say – “We get it. We’re woke. We think Black Lives Matter just like you do. We’re with you in the struggle.”

OK, Uber and Lyft. You want a seat at the anti-racism table? Let’s talk about race.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/29/uber-lyft-racist-business-model-prop-22

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Gig companies break $200M barrier in California ballot fight

Politico

California officially has its first $200 million ballot campaign, courtesy of the homegrown tech industry.

Proposition 22 always figured to be an enormously expensive fight. Five gig economy firms invested $110 million just at the outset of their effort to exempt themselves from a new state law that could force them to treat app-summoned workers as employees rather than contractors.

https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2020/10/29/gig-companies-break-200m-barrier-in-california-ballot-fight-9424580

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Close to Home: Prop 22 undermines rights for ‘gig’ drivers

The Press Democrat

App-based Lyft, Uber, DoorDash, Instacart and Postmates are sponsoring Proposition 22, spending a record-shattering $185 million to write their own rules.

The Press Democrat recommends a yes vote on Proposition 22, claiming that public interests are best served by preserving flexible hours, variable schedules and extra income earned by independent contractors in the “gig economy.”

The labor movement urges voters to reject Proposition 22.

https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/opinion/close-to-home-prop-22-undermines-rights-for-gig-drivers/

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Why November 3rd Just Became Critical for Uber

VICE

Being forced to reclassify drivers in California could spell doom for Uber’s dreams of global domination.

On Thursday, a California appeals court unanimously ruled that Uber and Lyft must reclassify their drivers in the state as employees.

The companies have 30 days to comply with the decision, which is part of a pitched battle over the future of the gig economy in California and the latest in a long line of global developments that could renew longstanding concerns about Uber’s viability. It also makes November 3rd, the day when Californians will vote on a ballot initiative that would exempt gig economy companies from reclassifying their workers, even more of a critical moment for Uber, Lyft, and others such as Postmates and Instacart.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/epd4qw/why-november-3rd-just-became-critical-for-uber

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Lawsuits and labor backlash: Prop. 22’s cutthroat final days

CalMatters

Gig companies embark on a last-minute spending blitz after a court rules that drivers should be paid as employees and labor groups question campaign tactics.

With lawsuits and campaign misconduct allegations flying a week before the Nov. 3 election, it’s anything but a smooth home stretch for California’s $220 million battle over the future of gig work, Proposition 22

Business-versus-labor battles over taxes, minimum wage and other regulations are already a staple of California’s ballot measure system, which allows voters to create and amend laws in a form of direct democracy that often breeds confusion. But Prop. 22 — a business-backed measure to exempt gig companies from state labor law AB 5and change how contract drivers get paid — has shattered spending records and unleashed new forms of digital campaign ads that tech companies are uniquely positioned to deliver to millions of workers and customers.

https://calmatters.org/politics/california-election-2020/2020/10/lawsuits-labor-prop-22/

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Prop. 22 Explained: Why Gig Companies Are Spending Huge Money on an Unprecedented Measure

KQED

The decision California voters face on Proposition 22 boils down to this: should a handful of companies be allowed to create a new gig contractor category for their workers that doesn’t include employee protections and benefits, like unemployment insurance and workers compensation? Or should companies like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash have to follow state labor law and classify their drivers as employees, which could mean directing more revenue to workers, higher prices for consumers, and increased requirements for more casual drivers?

https://www.kqed.org/news/11843123/prop-22-explained-why-gig-companies-are-spending-huge-money-on-an-unprecedented-measure

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Uber and Lyft are pouring millions of dollars into Facebook ads to protect their business in California

CNBC

With just over a week before the 2020 election, Uber and Lyftare sparing no expense trying to convince Facebook users in California to back them at the polls.

Yes on Prop 22, a group that wants gig economy companies in their home state to be able to keep classifying drivers as contractors, spent $3.7 million on Facebook ads in California in the past month, more than any other campaign, including for president, spent in the state over that stretch. If successful, the proposition would make ride-sharing and delivery companies exempt from a new law in California that forces companies to reclassify gig workers as employees, and to offer them benefits like paid sick leave and unemployment protection.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/26/uber-and-lyft-spending-big-on-facebook-ads-for-yes-on-22-in-california.html

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Uber and gig companies spend nearly $200 million to knock down an employment law they don’t like — and it might work

Washington Post

As November’s general election enters its home stretch, Uber, DoorDash and other gig economy companies are bombarding TV airwaves, social media and even their own apps with ads and marketing materials promoting a ballot initiative that they say would improve drivers’ financial situation and working conditions but that would also deny them the right to be classified as employees in California.

The ballot measure, known as Proposition 22, would establish drivers as an independent class of workers with access to limited job benefits, along with wage and worker protections they’ve so far lacked under the gig economy model. Labor groups and many of driver advocates say the companies’ efforts, however, do not go far enough to protect workers and are merely an attempt, cloaked in friendly marketing materials, to quash a new law that would guarantee drivers access to the minimum wage, employer-provided health care and bargaining rights.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/10/09/prop22-uber-doordash/

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