On Wednesday, September 16 we’ll be co-hosting a special online briefing.
“The Gig Workers’ Initiative and the Fate of California”
Assemblyman Kevin Kiley has take a leadership role in promoting the rights of so-called “gig” workers. Moms who only want to work while the kids are at school, seniors who want to work a few days per week, and people who need to supplement another job to cover their expenses. For example, app-based food and grocery delivery and rideshare drivers provide essential services, delivering food and medicines to seniors and families who are forced to stay in their homes, helping restaurants survive, and providing easy access to earning opportunities for struggling Californians who have recently lost income or jobs. But a new state law, created by Assembly Bill 5, threatens the availability of these services for millions and the earning opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Californians at the worst possible time.
AB 5 limits gig workers, including app-based drivers working as independent contractors with control over their schedules, instead forcing Californians who want to keep driving to become employees with no control over their schedules and shifts.
Proposition 22 protects the availability of app-based delivery and rideshare services for consumers. It preserves app-based driver jobs, while improving quality of work by establishing historic new earnings and benefit guarantees. This measure was recently endorsed by the Initiatives Committee of the California Republican Party. Assembly Kiley will explain its impact as well as the fate of others who aren’t carved out of the AB 5 nightmare.
Those who have signed up in advance can access the video conference via Zoom on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. A link to the meeting will be sent by email. Alternatively, you will be able to dial in to hear the audio.