The Hill: Uber, Lyft eager to take California labor win nationwide

November 8, 2020 Media

Uber and Lyft are celebrating a major ballot measure victory in California, and they’re looking to notch similar wins nationwide that could formalize labor classifications for gig workers.

Passage of Proposition 22 in California effectively exempts gig companies from a state law aimed at providing gig workers with the same kind of benefits for employees: minimum wage, health care and the right to organize.

Top executives at Uber and Lyft are signaling a desire to replicate those exemptions in other states.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris(D-Calif.), both came out against Proposition 22, siding with organized labor groups.

“Vice President Biden has alluded to wanting to build back better and protect workers … having a strong antitrust competition policy and labor law. All of this is part of that equitable economic recovery,” said Morgan Harper, senior adviser at the American Economic Liberties Project, an advocacy group focused on fighting monopolies and corporate power.