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She was a farmworker. Her grandson is a Lyft driver. A fight for workers’ rights unites them

More than 40 years ago, Maria Cardona laid her livelihood on the line to demand change in the hot central California fields where she picked grapes and other produce for $1.75 per hour. Cardona, now 80 years old, was tired of how farmworkers like her were treated – the low wages, the backbreaking labor, the…
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October 15, 2020 0

Prop 22 explained: how California voters could upend the gig economy

It’s not often that the fate of an industry hangs in the balance during an election, but that is exactly what’s happening in California this November. Proposition 22, a proposal on the state ballot, is the result of a years-long battle between gig economy heavyweights like Uber, Lyft and Instacart, and their workers, who are…
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October 15, 2020 0

Why Uber and Lyft are taking a page out of Big Tobacco’s playbook in labor law battle | Veena Dubal

Uber and Lyft are waging a scorched-earth regulatory battle to avoid providing basic benefits to their drivers, now considered essential workers, in their largest US market: California. In response to a lawsuit by the California attorney general, Xavier Becerra, a judge found the companies’ drivers to be employees and ordered Uber and Lyft to act…
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September 11, 2020 0

All hail the California court that put the brakes on Uber and co | John Naughton

Last Monday, the superior court of California handed down a landmark judgment that looks like taking the wind out of the sails of at least some parts of the “gig economy”. The case was brought by the attorney general of the state of California, together with the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego and…
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August 22, 2020 0

Judge grants Uber and Lyft temporary stay, averting shutdown of California services

A California judge has granted Uber and Lyft a temporary stay, heading off a shutdown by the two platforms at the last minute in an ongoing case that would require the ride-hailing giants to classify drivers as employees. Lyft and Uber have been awaiting a landmark decision from a court in the state, which would…
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August 20, 2020 0

California Uber and Lyft drivers brace for shutdown over worker classification

Uber and Lyft drivers are bracing for a shutdown in California, one of the rideshare companies’ largest markets. For drivers it is a bittersweet moment. One that couldn’t come at a worse time and yet holds the promise of a better future. The coronavirus pandemic has hit so-called gig economy workers hard and ramped up…
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August 19, 2020 0