back to article Californians OK'd Prop 22, Uber and Lyft tell appeals court. So how about we let gig workers be gig workers?

Uber and Lyft have asked a California court to scrap an injunction that forces them to treat their drivers as employees given that the US state's voters backed Proposition 22. Citizens went to the polls last week and approved the ballot measure, which exempts phone app drivers from a Cali law requiring them to be on staff and …

  1. big_D Silver badge

    $200M campaign for Prop 22

    Why didn't they just invest the $200M in, oh, I don't know, something like treating their employees fairly and coming over as the good guys, for once?

    But, of course, marketing people and lawyers are so much more worthy of that money than the actual people doing the work and generating revenues for Uber and Lyft.

    1. stiine Silver badge

      Re: $200M campaign for Prop 22

      Actually, I think you'll find that advertising executives and radio and tv executives really needed that $200M. Besides, with another good advance in self-driving cars, all of those drivers will find themselves no longer able to compete in the market (for drivers) and will have to find other ways to make money.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    AB5 Earnings

    Unfortunately, drivers didn’t get the opportunity to find out how AB5 would really affect them over the last 10-11 months. Under AB5, driver’s earnings would double, possibly triple what they are earning now, with no required loss of flexibility or the ability to work for multiple companies. Under AB22, their income would increase to just under $6/hour and about $.015/mile on average. Still an improvement, but not nearly enough to cover commercial insurance, depreciation, tires, brakes, car payment, registration, maintenance and repairs, and gas, and wages much less than minimum wage. I hope the court tells the backers of AB22 that AB5 is effective until the new law takes effect in January. This will let drivers know what they SHOULD be earning, and will make it much more difficult to pull this same smoke and mirrors scheme on drivers in other states, as they have said they plan to.

    1. Cliffwilliams44 Bronze badge

      Re: AB5 Earnings

      Where do you get these numbers from? Union propaganda?

      If you think this law had anything to do with the welfare of the drivers your a fool. This was all about unionizing these drivers so they could be forced to pay union dues used to support Democrat politician in California and nationally.

      These are not "full time jobs" If someone thinks they are going to support their families driving, they they are also fools. IT was always designed and sold as an "income supliment job"

      1. Intractable Potsherd Silver badge

        Re: AB5 Earnings


  3. Claptrap314 Silver badge

    Just do like in Washington

    Say that the voters were "confused", and vacate the thing...

  4. Marty McFly Bronze badge

    Courts, laws, and all that...

    Guessing the court is waiting for the vote to be certified before lifting the injunction. Even the most lopsided election results are still 'preliminary' and 'presumed' right now. Courts operate under the letter of the law, not under assumptions.

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