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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.

In record-breaking $200 million fight to preserve the gig economy, messaging doesn’t always need money

MarketWatch

If you live in California, Proposition 22 is impossible to ignore because of the work that gig companies have done to spread the word.

The most expensive ballot initiative in the state’s history is about to top $200 million in funding, mostly from gig-economy companies Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc., Instacart, DoorDash Inc. and Postmates, which are seeking to exempt themselves from treating their workers as employees in accordance with state law.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/in-record-breaking-200-million-fight-to-preserve-the-gig-economy-messaging-doesnt-always-need-money-11603736558

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Uber and Lyft must reclassify drivers as employees, appeals court finds

CNN Business

In a blow to Uber and Lyft, a California appeals court said Thursday that the companies must reclassify their drivers as employees rather than independent contractors, affirming an earlier court decision.

The ruling marks a significant development in a months-long legal fight between the companies and the state of California, which in May sued Uber and Lyft and claimed they were in violation of state law. It also puts greater pressure on the companies to successfully pass their California ballot measure which seeks to exempt them from the law.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/23/tech/uber-lyft-california-appeal/index.html

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Appeals Court Says Uber and Lyft Must Treat California Drivers as Employees

New York Times

Uber and Lyft must treat their California drivers as employees, providing them with the benefits and wages they are entitled to under state labor law, a California appeals court ruled Thursday.

The decision points to growing agreement between the state courts and lawmakers that gig workers do not have the independence necessary for them to be considered contractors. But the California electorate will get to weigh in soon, too, when they vote in less than two weeks on a ballot initiative sponsored by gig economy start-ups to exempt themselves from the law.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/22/technology/uber-lyft-california.html

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OPINION – Prop. 22, Uber and Lyft’s Ballot Initiative, Hurts Black Workers, Other Workers Of Color

Post News Group

I’ve been a rideshare driver with Uber for over a year and I’ve witnessed firsthand how companies like Uber and Lyft have consistently exploited low-income drivers and drivers of color.

For years, Uber, Lyft and other companies have advertised the benefits of working for them, highlighting flexible hours, livable wages and more. Alongside those promises were images of Black and Brown people smiling at the thought of the future they were being promised. 

https://www.postnewsgroup.com/opinion-prop-22-uber-and-lyfts-ballot-initiative-hurts-black-workers-other-workers-of-color/

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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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Prop 22 is Bad for Black Workers

National Employment Law Project

When the pandemic forced Cherri Murphy to stop driving for Lyft, she applied for unemployment benefits like millions of other workers. But because Lyft has refused to pay into California’s unemployment insurance fund, insisting that its workers are independent contractors rather than employees, Cherri received zero dollars in unemployment benefits.

By day, Ms. Murphy is a member of Gig Workers Rising and a volunteer social justice minister who helps people connect their faith to the fight for racial justice. By night, she is a Black working woman in America, completing more than 12,000 Lyft rides, forced to play by rules designed for her — and millions of Black workers — to lose.

https://nelpnews.medium.com/prop-22-is-bad-for-black-workers-bd05f28698fd

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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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