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TechnologyUber and Lyft prepare $60 million fight against worker classification bill

14:35  30 august  2019
14:35  30 august  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Uber proposes policy that would pay drivers a minimum wage of $21 per hour

Uber proposes policy that would pay drivers a minimum wage of $21 per hour On the heels of a driver-led protest outside Uber's San Francisco headquarters, where drivers showed their support for gig worker protections legislation (via Assembly Bill 5) and demanded a union, Uber is circulating a petition urging people to "protect ridesharing in California." In the petition, Uber advocates for a policy that would offer drivers a minimum of $21 per hour, paid time off, sick leave and compensation if they are injured while driving, as well as a collective voice and "the ability to influence decisions about their work.

Uber and Lyft on Thursday pledged $ 60 million to a California ballot initiative for the 2020 election that would maintain the status of their drivers as contract workers . The companies have been fighting a California bill that could force them to reclassify their drivers as employees. Under Lyft and Uber 's

(AP) — Uber and Lyft are threatening to spend $ 60 million on a ballot measure if they can’t reach a deal with California lawmakers on legislation It comes as California debates a bill that would make it harder for the companies to label their workers as independent contractors instead of employees.

The fight over whether rideshare drivers should be classified as employees and therefore be eligible for benefits continues. The latest battleground is California, where a worker classification bill is currently being debated by lawmakers. Uber and Lyft say that classifying their drivers as employees and not independent contractors would endanger their businesses, and have threatened to spend a combined $60 million on a ballot measure to exempt them from the bill.

Uber and Lyft prepare $60 million fight against worker classification bill

The companies know that a drawn out ballot fight will cause headaches and financial strain for the legislators, and they say they won't push the ballot measure if they can come to an agreement with the governor and unions. This is just their latest tactic against the legislation as previously, the companies were found to have paid drivers to demonstrate against the bill.

Uber, Lyft threaten $60 million California ballot measure

Uber, Lyft threaten $60 million California ballot measure SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Uber and Lyft threatened Thursday to spend at least $60 million on a California ballot measure if they can't reach a deal with unions and lawmakers on legislation that would change the rights of gig workers. "We remain focused on reaching a deal, and are confident about bringing this issue to the voters if necessary," Adrian Durbin, senior director of communications at Lyft, said in a statement. The companies' team-up comes as California lawmakers debate a bill that would make it harder to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees. As employees, workers are entitled to more wage protections and benefits.

Uber and Lyft threatened Thursday to spend at least $ 60 million on a California ballot measure if they can't reach a deal with unions and The companies' team-up comes as California lawmakers debate a bill that would make it harder to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees.

Uber and Lyft threatened Thursday to spend at least $ 60 million on a California ballot measure if they can’t reach a deal with unions and The companies’ team-up comes as California lawmakers debate a bill that would make it harder to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees.

Lorena Gonzalez, California's 80th District Assemblywoman who sponsored the bill, suggested the companies were being hypocritical by threatening to spend so much money fighting against workers' rights.

The bill has already passed through the California Assembly. The next step is for a Senate committee to vote on the legislation this week.

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