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