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July 7, 2020

Words Don’t Lie: Public Statements by AB 5 Supporters Expose Their Real Agenda is to Limit the Number of App-Based Drivers & Jobs Despite Record Unemployment

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Sacramento, CA – Many of the loudest supporters of AB 5 claimed they were representing the interests of app-based rideshare and delivery drivers. However, a new look at their public comments reveals AB 5’s most vocal supporters are really pursuing a different agenda: limiting the number of app-based rideshare and delivery drivers allowed to do this work.

Publication
June 24, 2020

App-based drivers and riders outraged by Attorney General and City Attorneys’ plan to file a motion for preliminary injunction that is aimed at taking away drivers’ choice to work as independent contractors – jeopardizing 900,000 jobs and essential rideshare and delivery services in the middle of a recession

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Sacramento, CA – Drivers with the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services coalition expressed outrage today after learning that the state Attorney General plans to file a preliminary injunction asking a judge to force app-based drivers to be employees.

Publication
June 16, 2020

Statement from the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services Coalition Regarding San Francisco District Attorney Lawsuit that Seeks to Shut Down Independent App-Based Work

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SACRAMENTO – In response to a lawsuit filed today in San Francisco Superior Court by San Francisco District Attorney’s Office against DoorDash, the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services coalition released the following statement. NOTE: This lawsuit applies to DoorDash drivers statewide, not just in San Francisco.

Publication
June 12, 2020

California Voters Must Protect App-Based Drivers and Services

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By Patricia Mulholland

Five years ago, traditional jobs stopped being an option for me. As a retired, disabled Vietnam veteran and a caretaker for an ill family member, I needed to earn a living that kept the stress down but the flexibility up so I could meet my family obligations.

Publication
May 22, 2020

Uber-Backed Gig Driver Question Qualifies for California Ballot

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By Tiffany Stecker – Reporter, Bloomberg Law

California voters will decide in November whether rideshare drivers can get some of the benefits of employees while remaining independent contractors, a vote that could exempt their employers from the state’s landmark gig worker law.

Publication
May 22, 2020

In face of looming threats that would eliminate 900,000 app-based jobs, CA ballot measure qualifies to protect app-based drivers and services

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Sacramento, CA – The Protect App-Based Drivers & Services coalition, a growing group of tens of thousands of app-based drivers, public safety organizations, social justice advocates, business and community leaders, announce qualification of the landmark proposition protecting the choice of one million app-based drivers to earn income as independent contractors while providing new earning guarantees and benefits.

Publication
May 19, 2020

App-Based Gigs Keep Me Working During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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By Alfred Porche III

Two months ago my entire life changed. In March, I worried about stocking up on toilet paper and buying masks. Then the state’s 40 million residents were asked to stay in their homes with limited social contact because of COVID-19 and I signed up to help bring food and supplies to people who can’t get out.

Publication
May 12, 2020

In case you missed it…New independent poll shows app-based drivers resoundingly prefer to be independent contractors by a 71-17% margin

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SACRAMENTO – A new, independent poll released by the Rideshare Guy found that nearly three quarters of app-based drivers surveyed prefer to be independent contractors, compared to only 17 percent who would prefer to be an employee. This poll is strong evidence that California politicians who are trying to prevent drivers from working as independent contractors do not represent the interests of those drivers.

Publication
May 5, 2020

App-Based Drivers Express Serious Concern that Lawsuit Could Shut Down Delivery and Rideshare Services and Jobs When Families and Workers are Struggling

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(Sacramento, CA) – Today, members of the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services coalition expressed significant concern after the state and three city attorneys announced a lawsuit that seeks to take away the choice that app-based drivers make to work as independent contractors. If successful, this lawsuit would force more Californians out of work and eliminate access to these essential services when millions are relying on them.

Publication
March 30, 2020

Uber, Lyft press AB 5 initiative

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By Andrew Sheeler – Reporter, Sacramento Bee

The group behind a ballot measure intended to undo the changes of Assembly Bill 5 announced Friday that it has begun to submit petition signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

Publication
March 27, 2020

As Californians depend on ‘essential’ app-based services, coalition of drivers and businesses submits signatures to qualify California ballot measure to protect drivers

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SACRAMENTO – As app-based delivery and rideshare drivers continue providing essential services during the pandemic, the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services coalition today began turning in signatures to local county Registrars of Voters offices across the state to qualify a measure for the November ballot.

Publication
November 6, 2019

Ballot battle looms over Assembly Bill 5

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By The Editorial Board

The battle over Assembly Bill 5, which forbids many companies from using contractors as their workforce, is far from over even after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed it into law. Three companies that face an existential threat from the measure — Uber, Lyft and DoorDash — have introduced an initiative that would exempt them from turning their drivers into regular employees.

Publication
March 19, 2020

STATEMENT FROM PROTECT APP-BASED DRIVERS & SERVICES COALITION (BALLOT MEASURE CAMPAIGN) IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

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SACRAMENTO, CA — The following statement can be attributed to Stacey Wells, campaign spokesperson for the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services Act: “App-based delivery and rideshare are being deemed essential services by mayors and governors around the country during this time of public emergency, helping neighbors and the most vulnerable among us get food, groceries, medicine and other necessities.

Publication
February 27, 2020

Campaign to Protect App-Based Drivers’ Independence & Flexibility Hits 1 Million Signature Goal in Seven Weeks

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SACRAMENTO –The Protect App-Based Drivers & Services coalition announced today that overwhelming public support for the ballot measure resulted in a faster-than-expected signature gathering pace. In just seven weeks, the campaign hit its 1 million voter signature goal and concluded signature collection. The 1 million signatures far exceed the 623,212 required for qualification.

Publication
February 20, 2020

California’s Police Chiefs and Sheriffs Join Growing Coalition to Protect App-Based Drivers & Services

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SACRAMENTO – Two widely respected statewide public safety organizations – the California Police Chiefs Association and the California State Sheriffs’ Association – have joined Fathers Against Drunk Driving and a growing coalition of public safety, community and business groups supporting the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services Act, a ballot measure proposed for November 2020 that would protect the right of those who earn on rideshare and delivery platforms to work as independent contractors, while ensuring these services remain accessible for the millions of Californians who rely on them every day.

Publication
February 18, 2020

The Gig Economy Offers Parents Options and Obstacles

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By Dani Blum and Laura Vanderkam

Most days, Shawn Morse of Milwaukee can be found caring for his two young children while his wife works full time as a manager of neurology clinic research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. But after she comes home around 6 p.m., and the family has had dinner, Morse checks his apps: GrubHub, DoorDash, UberEats, Uber, Lyft, Instacart.

Publication
February 4, 2020

Instacart Shoppers, Small Businesses and Other App-Based Drivers Outraged by San Diego City Attorney’s Lawsuit Attempting to Force Them to Become Employees

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SACRAMENTO – Today app-based rideshare and delivery drivers from across the state reacted with anger and frustration that an elected politician in San Diego filed an emergency application for a temporary restraining order seeking to take away the rights of Instacart shoppers in California to earn an income as independent contractors and instead force them to become employees.

Publication
January 31, 2020

Gig economy initiative collecting signatures quickly, blows past 25%

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By Mark Anderson – Staff Writer, Sacramento Business Journal

A ballot measure supported by gig economy companies to overturn California’s Assembly Bill 5, the new independent contractor labor law, has reached 25% of its needed signatures to get on the November ballot.

Publication
January 8, 2020

Coalition of App-Based Drivers, Public Safety Leaders, Small Businesses, Community Leaders, Rideshare and Food Delivery Platforms Launch Signature Gathering Campaign

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SACRAMENTO – This week a broad coalition of tens of thousands of app-based drivers, small businesses, public safety leaders, community groups and on-demand rideshare and food delivery platforms will start signature gathering efforts to qualify the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services Act for the November 2020 California statewide ballot. The campaign, which is supported by more than 27,000 drivers and growing, expects to collect well in excess of the 623,212 valid signatures required to qualify the measure.

Publication
January 8, 2020

Petitions to repeal gig-worker law begin circulating this week

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By Dawn Kawamoto – Staff Reporter, San Francisco Business Times

Starting this week, your next ride-hailing trip or food delivery may also come with a political pitch to sign a petition to nullify the recently passed AB 5 gig worker law.

Publication
December 31, 2019

Despite AB 5, Uber Drivers Would Rather Quit Than Be Employees

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By Tony Pierce

On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 5, which is intended to reduce worker misclassification by turning “independent contractors,” like rideshare drivers, into employees of the companies they work with. The new law would force giants like Lyft and Uber to do things like pay a minimum wage, provide health insurance benefits and paid sick days off.

Publication
December 31, 2019

California’s new gig economy law was meant to help workers. But it will likely hurt them instead

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By Louis Hyman – Contributor, CNN Business

On January 1, a law went into effect in California known as AB5 that is intended to reclassify many of the state’s independent contractors as regular employees and give them the workplace benefits they deserve, such as unemployment and disability insurance. Perhaps even more importantly, as employees, these gig workers will have access to the full body of rights under labor and employment law. Without those rights, contractors — Uber and Lyft drivers, freelancers and other gig workers — are being exploited. As employees under the new law, it is hoped, they will enjoy job stability and decent wages. The unstated assumption of lawmakers here is that companies will simply comply with the law and convert those gig jobs into full-time positions.

Publication
July 6, 2019

California legislators could save gig workers — or ruin the part-time economy

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By The Editorial Board

California’s Silicon Valley created the “gig economy,” in which on-demand services are powered by on-demand workers, typically working part-time. Now, the California Legislature is considering proposals that could fundamentally change how the companies behind these services treat their workers — for better or for worse.

Publication
November 8, 2019

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…Berkeley Labor Center exposes its bias

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SACRAMENTO – Far from being independent or neutral, the Berkeley Labor Center – an organization led by labor unions – has joined with the campaign opposed to the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services Act, a ballot measure aimed for the November 2020 ballot. On Wednesday, Michael Reich, the co-chair of the Center and the co-author of a deceptive and flawed “analysis” of the ballot measure, spoke at a rally organized by opponents.

Publication
October 31, 2019

California Destroys $1 Trillion Gig Economy With New Law

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By Heidi Lynne Kurter – Contributor, Forbes

California isn’t shy when it comes to making the daily headlines. Often heralded as a progressive utopia, the Golden State recently signed into law, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) that will change the landscape of the gig worker economy. Stemming from the groundbreaking court decision established in Dynamex West Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles, the California Supreme Court found Dynamex’s workers were misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees.