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.

Gig Work on the Ballot in California

New Yorker

In September of 2019, the California state legislature passed Assembly Bill 5. Informally known as the “gig-economy bill,” A.B. 5 aimed to address the challenges faced by people who drive for Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart, and other similar companies; so-called gig workers, who are classified as independent contractors, do not receive fundamental worker protections, such as guaranteed minimum wage or paid sick days, no matter how much they drive. “We will not in good conscience allow free-riding businesses to continue to pass their own business costs on to taxpayers and workers,” the bill’s author, the assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, said, following its passage. Six weeks later, Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash launched a campaign to combat the bill. A spokesperson for the effort told the Los Angeles Times, “We’re going to spend what it takes to win.”

https://www.newyorker.com/news/letter-from-silicon-valley/gig-work-on-the-ballot-in-california

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Are taxpayers subsidizing Uber and Lyft campaign?

Posted in: Breaking the Law

48hills.org

The Yes on 22 campaign, funded by three giant corporations, has sent out millions of fliers to California voters in the past month – and the opponents of the measure say taxpayers are subsidizing the cost.

The latest Form 460 filings for the Yes on 22 campaign show that, as of September 19, the Yes on 22 campaign has paid $3.5 million in postage for mailing campaign fliers to California homes — about $1.5 million less than they would have paid if they paid regular postage.

That’s because the campaign, funded entirely by Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash, claims to be a nonprofit organization.

https://48hills.org/2020/10/are-taxpayers-subsidizing-uber-and-lyfts-campaign/

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Cash-rich, Uber-backed Prop. 22 campaign scrimps on postage

SF Chronicle

Despite having a gargantuan $185 million to spend, the Yes on 22 campaign knows how to pinch pennies — via a tactic its opponents say is unlawful.

Proposition 22, the ballot measure to exempt Uber and Lyft drivers and other gig workers from being employees, got a nonprofit postal permit for its deluge of glossy mailers, allowing it to save millions on postage — even though U.S. Post Office regulations specifically say that political organizations other than political parties are not eligible.

“This misuse of the nonprofit permit coming from a corporate backed $200 million campaign is unprecedented and should be remedied by the Postal Service immediately,” attorneys for the No on 22 campaign, which is backed by organized labor, wrote to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Wednesday.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Cash-rich-Uber-backed-Prop-22-campaign-scrimps-15664758.php

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Gig Worker Groups Release Solidarity Letter Opposing Proposition 22

VICE

Proposition 22, supported by companies such as Uber and Lyft, would exempt the gig economy from reclassifying workers as employees.

On Wednesday, ride-hail driver and advocate groups from 6 major cities across the United States released a statement of solidarity reiterating their opposition to a California ballot initiative proposed by gig companies.  

Proposition 22, as the initiative is known, is a ballot measure backed by app-based gig companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Instacart, and seeks to exempt the companies from reclassifying their drivers as employees.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/epdg9k/gig-worker-groups-release-solidarity-letter-opposing-proposition-22

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Uber Forced Drivers to Click on Political Ads Ahead of Vote on Gig Worker Rights

VICE

The messaging has raised concerns that Uber is abusing its platform to sway drivers and customers for whom the app might be a primary source of information about California’s Proposition 22. 

Uber forced customers and drivers to click on political pop-up ads on its app in support of an upcoming California ballot initiative, known as Proposition 22, which would exempt gig economy companies from providing all of their workers with basic rights and workplace protections, such as overtime pay, sick days, and unemployment insurance.  

https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5bxn4/uber-forced-drivers-to-click-on-political-ads-ahead-of-vote-on-gig-worker-rights

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Uber, Lyft paid $85K to firm of NAACP leader who backs their ballot measure

CNet

Labor rights groups say California’s Proposition 22, which could decide the fate of gig work, will hurt communities of color.

Uber and Lyft have been refining their nearly $200 million effort to win a ballot measure campaign designed to keep gig workers classified as independent contractors in California. They’ve sent out mailers, emails, text messages and press releases and taken out ads. One of the many themes they’ve hit on is that “communities of color support Prop 22.”

https://www.cnet.com/news/uber-lyft-paid-85k-to-firm-of-naacp-leader-who-backs-their-ballot-measure/

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Uber CEO says prices could double if drivers become employees, but this economist isn’t buying it

MarketWatch

Economist predicts ride-hailing prices would increase by a fraction of Uber’s dire predictions for California, citing new data from New York City after it established a minimum wage for drivers.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/uber-ceo-says-prices-could-double-if-drivers-become-employees-but-this-economist-isnt-buying-it-11603297839

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Uber, Lyft’s ballot measure campaign gets nonprofit status for mailers, opponents cry foul

Posted in: Breaking the Law

CNet

As the Proposition 22 battle heats up in California, opponents of the initiative say the campaign saved $1.5 million in postage using nonprofit status.

Opponents of Proposition 22, a ballot measure sponsored by Uber, Lyft and other gig economy companies in California, have filed a complaint with the United States Postal Service against the campaign for using nonprofit status to send out political mailers. They estimate the Yes on Proposition 22 campaign has saved at least $1.5 million by using the nonprofit postage rate for mailings, rather than using the normal bulk rate.

https://www.cnet.com/news/uber-lyfts-ballot-measure-campaign-gets-nonprofit-status-for-mailers-opponents-cry-foul/

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Cash-rich, Uber-backed Prop. 22 campaign scrimps on postage

Posted in: Breaking the Law

San Francisco Chronicle

Despite having a gargantuan $185 million to spend, the Yes on 22 campaign knows how to pinch pennies — via a tactic its opponents claim is unlawful, but Yes on 22 defends as proper.

Proposition 22, the ballot measure to exempt Uber and Lyft drivers and other gig workers from being employees, got a nonprofit postal permit for its deluge of glossy mailers, allowing it to save millions on postage. U.S. Postal Service regulations specifically say that political organizations other than political parties are not eligible. Yes on 22’s lawyers said the campaign is legitimately entitled to its nonprofit mailing status and is not a “political organization” as that regulation defines it.

“This misuse of the nonprofit permit coming from a corporate backed $200 million campaign is unprecedented and should be remedied by the Postal Service immediately,” attorneys for the No on 22 campaign, which is backed by organized labor, wrote to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Wednesday.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/Cash-rich-Uber-backed-Prop-22-campaign-scrimps-15664758.php

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Gig Companies Are Making Their Workers Promote Prop. 22

KQED – San Francisco

Even as gig companies spend a record amount of advertising money on Proposition 22, they’re making their gig workers help them market the ballot initiative.

Proposition 22 would create a carve out from California labor law to allow a handful of gig companies to continue classifying their workers as contractors, making them ineligible for employee protections and benefits like unemployment insurance and workers compensation.

https://www.kqed.org/news/11842964/gig-companies-are-making-their-workers-promote-prop-22

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