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Publication: The Nation
Published: August 2, 2019

Not everyone who works in California is an employee—legally speaking. Over the years, companies have come up with various alternative titles for the people who work for them: taskers, consultants, independent contractors, 1099-ers, even app users—all labels that let companies circumvent labor laws and union protections, by deeming workers to be “independent” or “self-employed.” Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit, and a host of other gig economy services rely on these “independent contractors” to fuel their profits. But now, California lawmakers are considering a bill that could upend the gig economy’s signature business model, by reclassifying many independent contractors as employees.

Publication: The New Republic
Published: July 24, 2019

Konstantine Anthony, a 38-year-old Uber driver, usually starts his morning by picking up a commuter in Burbank, California, and heading over the hills on Highway 5 toward downtown Los Angeles. From there, he traverses back and forth across the city, from Beverly Hills to Koreatown, from Inglewood to Los Angeles International Airport. “There’s no way to determine where I’ll end up,” he told me. (Uber does not reveal a driver’s destination until they accept a ride.) Riders have taken him as far north as Ventura County and deep into the desert in San Bernardino County—once even to Las Vegas.

Publication: CNET
Published: July 19, 2019

Drivers for ride-hailing giant Uber and its rival Lyft are planning a Friday protest in downtown San Francisco as they seek better conditions from both companies. The gig economy workers are asking both companies for higher pay and a union. In an open letter, published to coincide with the protest, drivers called on Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Lyft founders Logan Green and John Zimmer for changes in treatment. Drivers plan to present the letter at the protest, which will take place at Uber headquarters at 10:30 a.m. PT.

Publication: Automobile Fanatics
Published: July 19, 2019

Assembly Bill 5 (AB-5) is a controversial law working its way through the California state legislature which defines the legal standards for employees and independent contractors within the state. Uber and Lyft drivers are rallying in support of the bill because they feel it will offer them better working conditions and job security. Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, introduced Assembly Bill 5 in December of 2018. Currently it has been passed by the California Assembly and is being debated in the California Senate.

Publication: KRON – San Francisco
Published: July 19, 2019

Uber and Lyft drivers on Friday will be protesting for better wages. Lyft has released the following statement in response: “Lyft is advocating for an approach in line with the interests of our driver community, by modernizing century old labor laws that make it difficult to provide both flexibility and benefits. That’s why we’ve been working with lawmakers and labor leaders on a different solution, so drivers can continue to control where, when, and how long they drive. It’s encouraging that more groups are joining the conversation to preserve flexibility for drivers while also providing new benefits and protections.”

Publication: CBS – San Francisco
Published: July 19, 2019

Uber and Lyft drivers chanted and cheered outside the Uber headquarters building in San Francisco on Friday as they delivered a letter demanding negotiations for better working conditions. A coalition of labor unions and advocacy groups for the drivers has been pushing for improved wages and employee protections for drivers, who are classified as independent contractors and receive no benefits, no matter how long they work.

Publication: TECH CRUNCH
Published: July 19, 2019

To fuel its mission, Gig Workers Rising and Mobile Workers Alliance took out an ad in the SF Chronicle, coming out tomorrow, that features an open letter to Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, and Lyft co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer. In it, the groups applauded both Lyft and Uber for saying they want to do better by their drivers.

Publication: San Francisco Examiner
Published: July 19, 2019

Uber and Lyft drivers chanted and cheered outside the Uber headquarters building in San Francisco on Friday as they delivered a letter demanding negotiations for better working conditions. A coalition of labor unions and advocacy groups for the drivershas been pushing for improved wages and employee protections for drivers, who are classified as independent contractors and receive no benefits, no matter how long they work.

Publication: NBC – Bay Area
Published: July 19, 2019

Uber and Lyft drivers chanted and cheered outside the Uber headquarters building in San Francisco on Friday as they delivered a letter demanding negotiations for better working conditions. A coalition of labor unions and advocacy groups for the drivers has been pushing for improved wages and employee protections for drivers, who are classified as independent contractors and receive no benefits, no matter how long they work.

Publication: Bay City News Service
Published: July 19, 2019

Uber and Lyft drivers chanted and cheered outside the Uber headquarters building in San Francisco Friday as they delivered a letter demanding negotiations for better working conditions. A coalition of labor unions and advocacy groups for the drivers has been pushing for improved wages and employee protections for drivers, who are classified as independent contractors and receive no benefits, no matter how long they work.