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A CA Judge Struck Down Prop 22. What Does This Mean For Gig Workers?

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On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing California’s Proposition 22, which allows Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and other app-based companies to classify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees. Last month, a California judge ruled that the gig worker law is unconstitutional.

Proposition 22, which passed last year with 58 percent of the vote, was the costliest ballot measure in California’s history. Gig companies spent more than $220 million promoting it. What has been the fallout of the measure and what will the judge's ruling mean for gig workers?

Guests:

Caitlin Vega, labor lawyer and co-founder of Union Made. Caitlin has worked with the California Labor Federation for more than 15 years and helped to pass AB 5 in 2019

Erica Mighetto, driver and organizer with Drivers United, an independent association of ride-share drivers

Web Resources: 

The Los Angeles Times, Margot Roosevelt and Suhauna Hussain: Prop. 22 is ruled unconstitutional, a blow to California gig economy law

The Los Angeles Times, Suhauna Hussain: After the Prop. 22 ruling, what's next for Uber and Lyft?

The Los Angeles Times, Suhauna Husssain: This Uber driver died of COVID: A Prop. 22 story

Jacobin, Alex Press: No Surprise, Uber and Lyft Lied About Helping Workers

KQED, Sam Harnett: How Proposition 22 Blocks Cities and Counties From Giving Hazard Pay to Gig Workers

The New York Times, Veena Dubal and Juliet B. Schor: Gig Workers Are Employees. Start Treating Them That Way.

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.
Lea is a producer for Your Call on KALW Local Public Radio. She graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.