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TechnologyUber, Lyft drivers are one step closer to becoming employees in California

08:35  11 september  2019
08:35  11 september  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Uber and Lyft drivers are not letting up on the fight for AB-5 and a union

Uber and Lyft drivers are not letting up on the fight for AB-5 and a union A number Uber and Lyft drivers are protesting outside of Uber's San Francisco headquarters to demand the passage of Assembly Bill 5 and the right to unionize. This is part of a three-day caravan across California organized by Gig Workers Rising and Mobile Workers Alliance. "The journey is inspired by the United Farm Workers 1966 pilgrimage from Delano to Sacramento, led by Cesar Chavez," MWA wrote on its blog. "Like gig workers in California, farm workers were thought to be impossible to organize and their exploitation was taken as a given by the public at large. The UFW proved the doubters wrong and we will too.

SACRAMENTO — A pack of Teamsters fanned out through California ’s Capitol building last week, marching into legislators’ offices and pressing them to pass a bill that would force Uber and Lyft to treat their drivers as employees .

TNC drivers showed up and urged the counsil to push forward with this ordinance as there is a significant need for this service in Ashland. Community member Bill Langton who is not only a homeowner and resident in Ashland, but also an Uber and Lyft driver said “I think that the services

Now it's up to California Gov. Gavin Newsom to decide whether Uber and Lyft drivers should be considered employees of the companies.

Uber, Lyft drivers are one step closer to becoming employees in California© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Ride-hail drivers protested in front of Uber's headquarters in July demanding fair wages and a union. James Martin/CNET

California's State Senate passed proposed legislation Tuesday night in a 29 to 11 vote that could allow for drivers to be classified as employees, rather than as independent contractors. Advocates for the law, called AB 5, say this means workers will have more protections, like overtime, minimum wage and the right to unionize. AB 5 passed the State Assembly on May 29 in a 53 to 11 vote.

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.

The ruling, which only affects California , came in response to an appeal by Uber of an earlier decision in a claim brought by San Francisco-based driver Barbara Ann Berwick, who filed for ,152.20 in expenses back in September ( Uber drivers are , under the company's rules, supposed to cover all

Being a driver for Uber or Lyft seems like a great side hustle. However, after the costs of driving strangers around town you might not earn as much Some of you may even be considering becoming an Uber or Lyft driver . Both companies are actively recruiting drivers through sponsored social

Uber and Lyft drivers are currently classified as independent contractors, sometimes referred to as gig-workers, which means they don't get benefits including Social Security, health insurance, paid sick days and overtime. Many drivers say this system has led to exploitation. They say they've seen lower pay, higher costs and longer working hours as the cost of living has risen over the years. Many contractors for other gig economy companies, like DoorDash, Grubhub and Postmates, have similar complaints.

Uber, Lyft drivers are one step closer to becoming employees in California© James Martin/CNET

Uber and Lyft have both said their business models hinge on drivers staying independent contractors. When Uber filed to become a publicly traded company with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in April, it said, "Our business would be adversely affected if drivers were classified as employees instead of independent contractors." One of the reasons for this is because Uber will likely experience a sharp uptick in costs.

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.

If Uber drivers are employees , that opens Uber up to higher costs, including Social Security, workers’ But the commission said Uber controls the tools driver use, monitors their approval ratings and “The independent-contractor business model helped drive the success of Uber , Lyft , Airbnb

Right now Uber Drivers are independent contractors, but what would happen they become I never wanted to be an Uber employee , but thankfully the politicians stepped in and gave all drivers a Eaze Reclassified Drivers as Employees . Eaze is a marijuana delivery company in California that

A Lyft spokesman said it was disappointed in the vote but was prepared to take up the issue with California's voters "to preserve the freedom and access drivers and riders want and need."

"Today, our state's political leadership missed an important opportunity to support the overwhelming majority of ride-share drivers who want a thoughtful solution that balances flexibility with an earnings standard and benefits," the Lyft spokesman said. "The fact that there were more than 50 industries carved out of AB5 is very telling."

Uber didn't immediately respond to a request for comment but has also said that if it couldn't strike a deal on AB 5, it'd take the issue to California voters by sponsoring a ballot initiative in November 2020 that would exempt them from the law. Both companies, along with DoorDash, said they'd spend $30 million each to sponsor the initiative -- bringing the total to $90 million.

Now that AB 5 has passed the California Assembly and Senate it goes to the governor's desk for signing. Newsom has said he supports the bill.

"Reversing the trend of misclassification is a necessary and important step to improve the lives of working people," Newsom wrote in an opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee on Labor Day. "California has the power to act so these workers can have a real voice at work -- one that can transform their lives and reshape our economy."

Lawsuit accuses Lyft of not protecting its female passengers.
A new lawsuit out of California claims Lyft isn't doing enough to protect female passengers. The complaint, filed in the company's home city of San Francisco, includes at least 14 unnamed women who say they were either sexually assaulted or raped by their Lyft drivers. In one instance, a woman says she was raped by her driver after he told her, "I love you." Another says her driver asked her for money and sexual favors, and said, "gratuity is for pocket and yummy is for me." Both women add Lyft did not tell them if it had fired the drivers for their behavior.

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