From Robert Reich Blog
Here's what you need to know about Proposition 22 on the California ballot, and why I'm urging you to vote NO on this corporate power grab.
Right now, massive corporations like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates, and Instacart are pouring nearly $200 million into a giant PR campaign designed to get you to vote for this. It's their measure -- they put it on the ballot -- and it's the most expensive ballot measure ever, not just in California, but in the entire country.
A study by my colleagues at UC Berkeley found that under Prop 22, Uber and Lyft drivers would be guaranteed only $5.64 an hour -- a far cry from the $13 an hour minimum wage they'd otherwise get. And the vast majority would not qualify for the health benefits outlined in Prop 22.
Uber and Lyft claim most drivers want to remain independent contractors because they prefer the flexibility. Rubbish. Uber cites two surveys to support this claim, one of them unscientific and the other paid for by Uber itself.
Make no mistake: Prop 22 is a lousy deal for Uber and Lyft drivers, and for millions of other workers.
This is why I'm urging you to vote NO on Prop 22, and to urge your friends and family to do the same. Don't let big corporations pay hundreds of millions to strip workers of the rights and protections they need.