Grocery App Workers’ Rights Are Under Siege
Californians will soon be voting on Prop 22—an initiative that would remove protections for gig workers and could drive them into financial hardship.
THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC has accelerated the tech-driven transformation of the grocery industry. Many Californians shunning brick-and-mortar stores for fear of catching the virus continue to rely on workers hired by online ordering apps to pick, pack, and deliver their groceries. Exposure to Covid-19 is far from the only risk these workers face.
California will be voting on Proposition 22, a ballot initiative that would roll back minimum wage and other labor protections for app-based and other gig workers. Their rights to a decent livingand safe and healthy working conditions hang in the balance.