Rideshare drivers in California showed up in support of a state bill that would classify them as complete employees. They passed away this afternoon with another win in what is and will probably continue to be a long and ugly battle.
First introduced to the Assembly in January as Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) by Rep. Lorena Gonzalez, codifies the bill and expands a Supreme Court government from May this year that breaks the same work classification problem. By deciding whether an employee is a true independent entrepreneur (such as Uber, Lyft and other "gig economy" platforms stands for) or co-workers, there are a number of legal tests that, in simple terms, determine whether the worker has adequately say in how and when the work is completed. California's Supreme Court, using the broader "ABC Test," particular contractors who worked for the supply company Dynamex, was incorrectly classified – opened the door to the gig workers across the state to challenge their own statues.
In an email to Gizmodo, Samantha Gallegos, a spokesman for Rep. Gonzalez, that concert economics "probably already classifies his workers during the Dynamex decision. Assembly Bill 5 will codify this decision and clarify the professions and industries in which workers actually operate as independent entrepreneurs." AB5 overwhelmingly surpassed this last May, 53 to 11.
With the bill working now its way through various states Senate votes, rideshare companies have given their gloves a team of tiger balm, pushing messages out to drivers like campaign against AB5. A vague prayer, sent to drivers in the state, encouraged them to "fight for flexibility and independence for the driver." Many such drivers signed the signed petition, later regretting the decision when they realized they helped undermine their own chances of classifying workers. 19659005] Today's protest outside the Capitol building in Sacramento was also in front of a counter-protocol yesterday opposite the bill, obviously in favor of rideshare companies who allegedly paid to give participants free t-shirts and food.
According to San Francisco Chronicle:
Uber and Lyft held a rally outside the Capitol with dozens of drivers and their supporters from across the state. Drivers were handed over "I am independent!" T-shirts and ate free lunch from half a dozen food carriers companies employed.
Finally, the pro-AB5 group consisting of drivers, activist groups such as Gig Workers Rising, Rideshare Drivers United, Fight for 15, and trading groups like the Service Employees International Union came out victorious: Labor, public employment and pension committees in California The Senate voted for the bill, 3 to 1. That AB5 has done so far despite the deep ties California has to these companies, most of which are based in the state, says a lot about how far drivers have been able to shift publicly opinion about the concert economy.
However, the battle is far from over. The State Senate Grant Committee will hear the bill next and, if successfully passed, will lead one to a full Senate vote. Assuming everything goes well, Rep. Gonzelez's law that the law should come into force on January 1, 2020.