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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.

What Prop. 22’s defeat would mean for Uber and Lyft — and drivers

One way or another, the business of summoning a ride from your phone is likely to look different in California after Nov. 3.

The future of gig work could hinge on the success or failure of Proposition 22, called the App-Based Drivers as Contractors and Labor Policies Initiative. Uber, Lyft and other companies bankrolling the initiative say it would improve workers’ quality of life, providing new benefits while preserving their autonomy. If passed, the measure would cement gig workers’ status as independent contractors, dealing a huge blow to a labor movement striving to bolster protections for workers at the margins.

Gig companies’ business models rely on hiring large numbers of workers cheaply as independent contractors to provide rides, deliver meals and groceries and perform other services. Assembly Bill 5, a state law passed in 2019, aimed to expand protections to these workers, requiring gig companies to reclassify them as employees.

https://www.latimes.com/business/technology/story/2020-10-19/prop-22-explained

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‘How long can this last?’: California gig workers struggle to pay bills during COVID-19

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Uber and Lyft driver Erica Mighetto waited, waited and waited for a ding on her app taking her to her next ride. 

She sat in her car in the Bay Area for hours, trying for whatever she could get. When she was starting out more than three years ago, she said she could have earned $1,200 to $1,500 in a weekend working in the Bay Area. Her pay kept dropping, she said. But during the pandemic, her pay plummeted to almost nothing.

https://www.sacbee.com/news/equity-lab/article246455365.html

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Uber, Lyft Are Spending Millions To Fight Labor Protections For Their Workers

How organized labor is teaming up with app-based workers in California to take on corporate giants.

About a year ago, Steve Smith stood outside a press conference at a hotel in Sacramento where Uber, Lyft and DoorDash announced plans to spend millions on a statewide ballot initiative that would exempt them from a state law requiring the gig economy companies to hire most of their independent contractors as employees. If the workers became employees, they would be entitled to benefits, paid leave, expense reimbursement, the right to collectively organize and other labor protections. Smith, who works for the California Labor Federation, wasn’t allowed in the room so he tried to listen through the door. 

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/organized-labor-uber-lyft-doordash-prop-22-california_n_5f89de39c5b62dbe71c2854c

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Organized Labor Fights Uber and Lyft’s Prop. 22

San Francisco Weekly

Union members see the tech-funded initiative as a direct attack on the working class.

Gathered on the grassy steps of Yerba Buena Park and out in front of the St. Regis Hotel, members of the unions Unite Here Local 2 and SEIU Local 87 chanted slogans and spoke to all who would listen on Monday, Sept. 7 — Labor Day.

Janitors, housekeeping staff, food concessionaires, and waiters shouted above the din of honking horns, and a megaphone-touting Shahid Buttar, championing various causes. The workers demanded better pay and benefits, decried descrimination in the workplace, and urged voters to reject Proposition 22.

https://www.sfweekly.com/news/organized-labor-fights-uber-and-lyfts-prop-22/

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She was a farmworker. Her grandson is a Lyft driver. A fight for workers’ rights unites them

The Guardian (UK)

When Maria Cardona organized in the 1960s, management hit back with Proposition 22. Now her grandson is tackling a new version of the measure.

More than 40 years ago, Maria Cardona laid her livelihood on the line to demand change in the hot central California fields where she picked grapes and other produce for $1.75 per hour.

Cardona, now 80 years old, was tired of how farm workers like her were treated – the low wages, the backbreaking labor, the days without access to cold water or bathrooms. Most of all, she was tired of the disrespect from her bosses, who she said would regularly shout at workers in the field.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/oct/15/california-proposition-22-uber-lyft

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Op-Ed: Will voters side with the continued exploitation of gig workers?

The Hill

For the past half century, employers have increasingly classified their workers as independent contractors. It is said that approximately 8 percent of American workers use independent work as their primary activity, a 22 percent increase since 2001.

More pronounced in trucking, product delivery work like Federal Express, it first emerged in transportation where it is more difficult to monitor worker behavior. But there are other obvious incentives: no social security; no minimum wage or overtime; no unemployment compensation; no sick pay; family leave or workers’ compensation; no reimbursement for travel expenses; registration; insurance; licensing and automobile depreciation; and no protection under anti-discrimination law. A growing precariat, disproportionately Black, brown and immigrants, competing with one another was particularly easy for the new on-demand economy to manipulate.

https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/521146-will-voters-side-with-the-continued-exploitation-of-gig-workers

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Opinion: When did we start trusting corporations to draft laws?

SF Examiner

Prop. 22 ads do not accurately portray the lives of full-time ride-hail drivers

You can create a lot of influence with $200 million. I don’t know about the rest of you, but my social media feeds and websites are completely inundated with Yes on Proposition 22 ads these days. They show up during commercial breaks. I’ve received text messages. I’ve even seen them on the same webpage as this column.

https://www.sfexaminer.com/news-columnists/when-did-we-start-trusting-corporations-to-draft-laws

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Instacart Asked Its Gig Workers to Distribute Propaganda That Would Hurt Them

VICE

“Please retrieve one Prop 22 sticker and insert and place it in your customer’s order.”

Instacart workers were instructed to insert stickers and fliers endorsing a controversial California ballot measure into customers’ shopping bags at a grocery store in Berkeley, California this weekend, causing outrage among some labor activists and gig workers. 

The ballot measure, known as Proposition 22, would exempt gig economy companies including Instacart, Uber, and Lyft, from classifying their California workers as employees, allowing them to avoid providing workers with certain protections, such as overtime pay, minimum wage, unemployment insurance, and the right to unionize—as required by AB5, a law that went into effect in January. This means, in effect, Instacart was forcing precarious contract workers to advocate against their own interests.

https://www.vice.com/en/article/7kp5yq/instacart-asked-its-gig-workers-to-distribute-propaganda-that-would-hurt-them

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Opinion: Gig companies want to change the rules about who qualifies as an employee. Here’s why they’re wrong

CNN

The hardware store down the street has to pay minimum wage, the dry cleaner pays unemployment taxes and the diner buys workers’ compensation insurance. Mom-and-pop businesses have managed to make a living while following basic workplace laws for decades. Yet the creative disrupters in Silicon Valley who run Uber, Postmates and other “gig” companies say they can’t make a go of it following the same rules as everyone else. 

Instead, gig companies are urging Congress and state lawmakers to create a new category of worker, without the full protections that employees receive. But like all other businesses, gig companies should be required to treat their workers as employees, not as independent contractors or any other designation.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/14/perspectives/gig-companies-employees-uber-postmates/index.html

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