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What is Prop 22, the Uber/Lyft Ballot Measure?


Uber, Lyft, Instacart and Doordash wrote Proposition 22 to create a special exemption for themselves from California law that requires app-based companies to provide basic protections to their workers. Now they’re spending more than $180 million on Prop 22, the most expensive ballot measure in US history, to boost their profits by denying their drivers’ right to a minimum wage, paid sick leave and safety protections.

BACKGROUND:

• Uber, Lyft, Instacart and DoorDash paid to put Proposition 22 on the ballot. They hired lawyers to write a misleading initiative and paid political operatives millions to collect the voter signatures they needed.

• Prop 22 is a carve out in law that allows Uber and app companies to deny their drivers rights and protections like paid sick leave, workers compensation or unemployment benefits.

• Prop 22 exempts these multi-billion-dollar gig corporations from contributing to safety net programs we all need like Social Security, Medicare and Unemployment Insurance

• Prop 22 makes us all less safe by eliminating safety protections for riders and drivers and any liability these wealthy companies have to consumers.

• This measure threatens good, middle-class union jobs. If these companies succeed in buying this election, their low-pay, no-protection business model will expand in virtually every industry, leading to unprecedented job loss and a race to the bottom.

• Prop 22 ONLY applies to Uber and the app companies. It is designed to maximize their profits at the expense of taxpayers and their drivers. The measure creates a competitive advantage for giant corporations that hurts workers and small family-owned businesses.

• Current state law requires Uber and the app companies to provide their drivers with rights and protections, just like every other California business. The Attorney General recently sued them for breaking this law. You can help stop this power grab that hurts workers and taxpayers.

Prop 22 was written for app companies, by app companies — NOT for workers and our families. VOTE NO ON PROP 22

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THE BALLOT MEASURE:

>Rigging the Gig: How Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash’s Ballot Initiative Would Put Corporations Above the Law and Steal Wages, Benefits, and Protections from California Workers

> California’s Gig Economy Ballot Measure Fails Workers, Labor Groups Say

>Uber-Backed California Ballot Initiative “Would Create a Permanent Underclass of Workers”

> Uber, Lyft and DoorDash Pledge $90 Million to Fight Driver Legislation in California

> CA voters must stop app-company scheme to profit at workers’ expense

>California regulators say Uber, Lyft drivers are employees

>New York Times Editorial Board Tells Californians Vote “NO” on Uber, Lyft, Doordash’s November Initiative

>Los Angeles Times Editorial Board Endorsement: No on Prop. 22. It’s the wrong solution for Uber drivers and the gig economy

> Opinion: Don’t believe what Uber and Lyft claim about Prop. 22

>Uber, Lyft Give California GOP Millions While Fighting Driver Reclassification

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE:

Read the report: Uber and Lyft Owe California $413 Million in Unemployment Insurance Taxes.
Click here to download the Data Brief

MISCLASSIFICATION/STATE AND CITY LAWSUITS:
Uber and Lyft face worker misclassification lawsuit from CA Attorney General and city attorneys

San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin sues DoorDash for ‘illegal misclassification’ of workers as independent contractors

GIG WORKERS AND COVID-19:
Gig workers in San Francisco are mostly people of color and many are immigrants