OP-ED Sam Cleaver: Prop 22 gives Uber and Lyft the green light to exploit workers
Uber and its gig economy allies are reportedly spending over $180 million to pass Proposition 22 and avoid paying minimum wage and overtime to their workers. At the same time, Proposition 22 would exempt the companies from paying for workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance or providing workers mandated benefits like paid sick leave or pregnancy disability leave. It’s a win-win for the companies and a lose-lose for the workers.
But Proposition 22 covers far more than just gig economy drivers. Its reach extends to any worker who makes deliveries in California.