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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

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

The racist business model behind Uber and Lyft | Erica Smiley

Uber and Lyft want you to know they aren’t racist. It’s why Uber put up billboards all over the west coast saying “If you tolerate racism, delete Uber.” It’s why Lyft is running ads featuring Maya Angelou’s “Lift up your eyes” poem over clips of Black passengers enjoying their service. It’s all to say –…
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October 29, 2020 0

Uber and Lyft ‘likely broke law’ by classifying drivers as contractors, court rules

A California appeals court has ruled there is “overwhelming likelihood” Uber and Lyft violated labor law by misclassifying drivers as contractors rather than employees, aligning with a lower court decision in a huge blow to the ride-hailing firms as they battle to protect their business model. Uber and Lyft had previously threatened to shut down…
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October 23, 2020 0