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USA: Hundreds of Uber & Lyft drivers to caravan across California in support of bill classifying drivers as ‘employees’ instead of 'independent contractors'

"Hundreds of Uber Drivers Will Caravan 600 Miles Across California to Demand Better Working Conditions", 22 August 2019

A fleet of more than 200 Lyft and Uber drivers announced today that they will pile into 75 cars and drive roughly 600 miles from Los Angeles to Sacramento next week. The caravan will be advocating for the passage of a bill known as AB5 that would vastly improve their working conditions.

The drivers will make multiple stops for actions around the state, including Uber’s headquarters in San Francisco on Tuesday and the steps of the capitol building in Sacramento on Wednesday...

...The AB5 bill, opposed by both Uber and Lyft, would force the gig economy giants to provide drivers with many basic labor protections that they currently circumvent. It would require them to classify drivers as employees instead of independent contractors...

...Lyft and Uber have sent out in-app notifications to drivers informing them that AB5 legislation could remove “flexibility” from their jobs. What they conveniently leave out is the bill would grant them access to health insurance, overtime pay, sick days, paid breaks, vacation time, worker’s compensation, and disability insurance—all of which they are currently denied.


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