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Big tech threw $200m at a ballot measure to hurt gig economy workers. And they won | Ross Barkan

One of the darker outcomes of 21st-century work life has been the predatory gig economy. Divorced from healthcare benefits and regular pay, millions of workers are told they are supposed to be lucky to drive passengers around in a car for ever-diminishing returns. Last week, there was hope that Proposition 22, a ballot measure that…
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November 13, 2020 0

Uber bought itself a law. Here’s why that’s dangerous for struggling drivers like me | Cherri Murphy

Last week, Uber bought itself a law. Along with Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash and Postmates, app companies spent more than $200m – the most spent on any ballot campaign in US history – to bankroll Proposition 22 in California. With its passage, the law will now exempt drivers like me from basic protections afforded to most…
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November 12, 2020 0

Prop 22: why Uber’s victory in California could harm gig workers nationwide

After a historic spending spree and an aggressive public relations campaign, Uber and Lyft emerged victorious on election day when California voters passed a ballot measure that exempts gig companies from having to treat their drivers like employees. For big tech companies, the win was a crucial step in their fight to protect their business…
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November 11, 2020 0

The gig economy is here to stay. Now let’s humanise it | John Naughton

The US didn’t have just one election on 3 November. All kinds of other public offices were up for election too. And in California, electors had an additional choice to make: whether to approve Proposition 22, a referendum on whether ride-hail and delivery companies (think outfits such as Uber, Lyft, Deliveroo) should get an exemption…
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November 7, 2020 0

California passes Prop 22 in a major victory for Uber and Lyft

Sign up for the Guardian Today US newsletter Uber and Lyft have won a major victory in their battle to continue classifying drivers as contractors, not employees, following the passage of a ballot measure that exempts them from a California labor law. On Tuesday, voters in California passed Proposition 22, the most expensive ballot-measure campaign…
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November 4, 2020 0

Uber Eats drivers told to take photos of ID for alcohol orders raising privacy concerns

Uber’s food delivery drivers are now required to take a photo of the driver’s licence or other ID of people who order alcohol but, Uber Eats has insisted, the pictures won’t be retained. Uber Eats has advised Victorian customers ordering alcohol that from Thursday 29 October “delivery partners will need to take a photo of…
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October 30, 2020 0