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Prop 22 Facts

Prop. 22 was paid for and put on the ballot by Uber, Lyft, and Doordash. If passed this November, it would rewrite California labor laws in favor of these corporations and against gig drivers.

What does Prop 22 do?

Prop 22:

  • Allows tech companies to write their own rules and makes them nearly impossible to change.
  • Is a scheme to fleece taxpayers for CEO profits.
  • Eviscerates workers’ rights.

Prop 22 benefits tech corporations like Uber and Lyft.

As the pandemic surges and the economy worsens, the Uber initiative would strip workers their basic rights:

  • No overtime pay. 
  • No paid family leave.
  • No sick days.
  • No affordable health insurance 
  • No access to unemployment insurance/a safety net. 
  • No protections from getting fired for reporting harassment, discrimination, or wage theft.

Employee Status vs Prop 22

Gig companies like Uber, Lyft and Doordash have pledged more than $110 million to pass Prop 22, claiming it will improve working conditions for drivers. The reality is that Prop 22 is far inferior to employee status and the companies know it – that’s why they’re fighting so hard against making drivers real employees. Check out the difference for yourself and vote NO on Prop 22.

  • Employee Status
  • Wages
  • $15/hr guaranteed while working
  • Health Insurance
  • Employer provided

    Must be affordable (cost no more than 9.66% of employee’s annual income)

    Eligible at 30 hours worked

  • Sick Leave
  • 3 days required by law
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Eligible for UI in the event of job loss or hours cuts
  • Workplace Injury
  • Eligible for workers’ compensation if hurt on the job
  • Business Expenses
  • Covered by employer
  • Labor Protections
  • Local governments have the ability to regulate gig companies and establish standards for working conditions
  • Prop 22
  • Wages
  • As little as $5.64/hr & drivers would only be paid while rides are active
  • Health Insurance
  • Drivers must purchase themselves

    Stipend for 82% of a Covered CA Bronze Plan

    Only active ride time counts toward stipend eligibility hours

  • Sick Leave
  • No sick leave
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • No unemployment insurance
  • Workplace Injury
  • No guarantee of injury coverage and benefits are capped
  • Business Expenses
  • Employer passes on to driver
  • Labor Protections
  • Local governments banned from passing laws related to sick leave, wages, tips or deactivations

    Local governments banned from offering any stipend, subsidy or benefit to drivers

Who’s pushing Prop 22?

Supports PROP 22  

 Uber ($30 million), Lyft ($30 million), DoorDash ($30 million), Postmates ($10 million) and Instacart ($10 million). 

No on PROP 22

We Drive Progress, Mobile Workers Alliance, Gig Workers Rising, the California Democratic Party and a coalition of labor unions with a track record of winning workplace protections for California workers all oppose Prop 22.

Are Uber and Lyft currently following the law? 

California’s Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, sued Uber and Lyft earlier this year, alleging that both companies are violating AB 5, a California law that makes clear that drivers have a right to basic workplace protections. By continuing to treat drivers as contractors, Uber and Lyft deprives drivers of protections and rights they’re entitled to, including unemployment, paid sick leave, and livable wages. 

All employers are required to pay into California’s Unemployment Insurance fund, but Uber and Lyft haven’t for drivers. This has saved these corporations $413 million and left drivers without support for lost wages due to the pandemic. 

Uber and Lyft are also violating the law and workers’ rights by: 

  • Not providing clean bathroom access for drivers at SFO and LAX, even during the pandemic.
  • Violating drivers’ due process rights by taking millions from drivers’ wages for tickets received at the airport, sometimes unknowingly. Drivers often have no opportunity to contest the tickets. .   
  • Not providing and charging drivers for PPE to protect them from COVID-19.

Background on Prop 22

All workers have basic rights under California law, but Uber and Lyft act like they’re above the law. They wrote Prop 22 so drivers have fewer protections on the job. Prop 22 threatens to undo not only the progress of AB5, but also decades of established California law designed to protect workers.

The initiative language is tricky and sneaks in damaging precedents. 

Drivers will only be paid for time spent driving: That means workers will have to work longer shifts to make up for lost wages – and may actually earn less than they currently do and less than minimum wage.  

Drivers won’t have 100% of their health care premiums covered, but will only receive a small subsidy that is tied to the number of hours they work a week.

Prop 22 weakens anti-discrimination and anti-harassment protections and makes it harder to hold companies accountable. Drivers would not be protected from discrimination based citizenship, primary language, or immigration status. And if drivers report harassment, discrimination or wage theft, they will have no protection from retaliation.

With Prop 22, there’s no going back. Although Prop 22 needs 50% of California voters to approve it, amending it would require a vote by 87.5% of the state Legislature – not even changing the state constitution has this requirement.

Fight Back Against Gig Greed – Record a No on 22 Video

If we’re going to defeat Prop 22 in November, voters need to hear the truth about the ballot initiative from the people it’s going to hurt most: drivers. 

Can you take a minute to share how Prop 22 will hurt you and other drivers?  You can share your story in either of these two ways: by recording a video or sharing your story through the form below.

Video – Take a 30 second – 2 minute video of yourself and describe your experience driving for Uber or Lyft.

If recording on your phone, hold it horizontally.

  • Start by introducing yourself: your name, where you live, the companies you drive for, and how long you’ve been driving, how many hours a week you drive.
  • How has the pandemic changed your driving situation? Are you working, not working or working fewer hours? Have your earnings been impacted? Do you feel safe driving? 
  • Tell voters how Prop 22 will hurt you by potentially excluding you from unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, a minimum wage, and overtime pay. 
  • If there’s one thing you want people to know about Prop. 22, what would it be?
  • Finish by asking voters to VOTE NO on 22, and protect drivers not CEOs.

Ready to fight back against Uber and Lyft’s anti-worker ballot initiative, Prop 22? The gig companies have pledged more than $180 million to pass this law that would be devastating for drivers.

We can’t afford to lose this fight. If Uber and Lyft win, they win for keeps – no do-overs, no second chances for drivers. It’s going to take hundreds of us reaching out to CA voters to prevent that catastrophe. Sign up for a phone bank shift and let voters know that drivers say, “Vote NO on Prop 22.”

Prop 22 Resources for Drivers

Prop 22 Fact Sheet

Don’t let the gig companies confuse Californians, share the truth far and wide! Click to download a PDF version.

Social Media Cards

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