No on 22 Campaign Op-Ed: CA voters must stop app-company scheme to profit at workers’ expense
The COVID-19 pandemic is showing us the best and worst of the gig economy. The best: drivers and shoppers becoming first responders to keep home-bound seniors fed and transport nurses to work. The worst: app companies like Uber, Lyft and Doordash buying themselves a special exemption on the November ballot to deny employees sick pay, unemployment leave, and the protective equipment employers are required to provide under California law.
California’s Gig Economy Ballot Measure Fails Workers, Labor Groups Say
A California ballot measure supported by ride-hailing and delivery companies would lower workers’ wages and limit the power of legislators to institute new labor protections, according to a new report from two labor advocacy groups. Proposition 22, known as the “Protect App-Based Drivers and Services Act,” would not only roll back existing rights, but also require a 7/8 majority of state legislators to approve any future amendments, researchers at the National Employment Law Project and the Partnership for Working Families found.
Gig Workers Face Shifting Roles, Competition in Pandemic
There were the two-hour, unpaid waits outside supermarkets when San Francisco first started to lock down, on top of the heavy shopping bags that had to be lugged up countless flights of stairs. And yet even after signing up for several apps, 39-year-old Saori Okawa still wasn’t making as much money delivering meals and groceries as she did driving for ride-hailing giant Uber before the pandemic struck.
NYT Endorses “NO” Vote on App Company Initiative
Capitol Morning Report
Opponents of a proposed ballot measure that would change employment classification rules for app-based drivers report “New York Times Editorial Board tells Californians vote ‘No’ on Uber, Lyft, Doordash’s November initiative;” say Times described measure as being “designed primarily to protect the companies from properly paying for their legion of workers” and it was published “just days after Attorney General Xavier Becerra and three California city attorneys asked a court to immediately force app companies to classify their drivers as employees in accordance with California law.”
Press Release 6/29/20: Assembly Speaker to Uber, Lyft, and Doordash: Stop Exploiting Workers for Profit
Sacramento, CA — Today the Speaker of the California State Assembly, Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), endorsed a “NO” position against the deceptive Uber, Lyft, and Doordash initiative that will appear on the ballot in November.
“This app-company initiative is a cynical attempt by billion-dollar corporations to continue exploiting their workers for profit. No more,” said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. “No more denying drivers the basic protections they’ve earned, like health care, unemployment insurance, and paid sick leave. This November, Californians can finally take action to stand with workers and hold gig company CEOs accountable to follow the law by voting NO on their misguided initiative.”
The app companies wrote their measure and paid to put it on the ballot for one reason only: so they can boost their profits by continuing to unfairly deny their drivers the wages, paid sick leave, and unemployment benefits they’ve earned.Instead of playing by the same rules as all other businesses by classifying their workers as employees instead of contractors and treating them fairly – Uber, Lyft, and Doordash are hoping voters will give them a free pass to circumvent the law. Rejecting their initiative by voting NO will protect the rights of app drivers to minimum wage, overtime, breaks, paid sick leave, healthcare, unemployment insurance, and workers’
Response from California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez to Eric Shapiro’s open letter calling for repeal of AB5
The Milpitas Beat
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SF DA Files Legal Action Against Food Delivery App DoorDash
Bay City News
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced Tuesday his office has filed legal action against app-based food delivery service DoorDash, accusing the company of illegally misclassifying its employees.
Gig driver or Uber/Lyft employee? It affects unemployment benefits
San Francisco Chronicle
Oakland resident Cherri Murphy, 53, has spent three years driving full time for Lyft in addition to her volunteer work as a social justice minister. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, “I was forced to make a decision: Do something that could kill me, or pay my bills?”
‘We Can’t Take Your Call’: Uber Drivers, Other Gig Workers Struggle For Unemployment
Music is jazz composer Michael O’Dell’s passion, but it doesn’t pay the bills. So he drives for Lyft and Uber in Columbus, Ohio. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, demand for rides has fallen so much, he says, that on many days he can’t get enough business to make it worth getting in the car.
Most States Are Finally Getting Unemployment Benefits to Gig Workers Affected by Coronavirus
U.S. News & World Report
Although the CARES Act signed in late March by President Donald Trump carved out a path to unemployment insurance for millions of gig economy workers, independent contractors and individuals who would typically not qualify for traditional state-issued safety nets, many are still waiting on their payments.