This is a game changer.
For more than a year we’ve been rallying, motor marching, caravanning, sending letters, making calls, attending hearings and council meetings and doing everything in our power to get AB5 passed and then enforced. Last fall, we won passage.
Tuesday morning, we won a huge step toward enforcement. In a live-streamed press conference, California attorney general Xavier Becerra, along with the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, announced that they would be suing Uber and Lyft over misclassification under AB5.
Since January, when AB5 officially became law, Uber and Lyft have refused to comply and instead invested more than $30 million apiece in a misleading ballot measure campaign that would exempt them from the law permanently and allow them to continue to exploit drivers and write their own rules.
Uber and Lyft aren’t above the law and today proves it.
Organizing works. Even as drivers are risking their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve kept up relentless pressure on the companies and on elected officials – this morning was proof that it pays off.
Our fight isn’t over, but this is a victory worth celebrating and it was earned by each and every MWA driver who has taken action in our fight. Congratulations.
Check out our official press statement here.