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CA Votes To Keep App-Based Driver Contractors. What Does That Mean For You?




A California ballot measure over whether Uber and Lyft should treat their drivers as employees divided gig workers but was approved by voters.
A California ballot measure over whether Uber and Lyft should treat their drivers as employees divided gig workers but was approved by voters.
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California voters have approved Proposition 22, according to the Associated Press, which means the drivers for Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride hailing and delivery services will remain as independent contractors, rather than employees.

In what was the most expensive ballot measure fight in state history, gig companies led by Uber, Lyft and DoorDash succeeded in persuading voters to strip app-based drivers of employee rights they had won under a new state law.

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We reached out to Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez who authored AB5. She was unable to join us during the time of the interview.

Guests: 

David Wagner, KPCC business and economy reporter; he tweets @radiowagner 

Harry Campbell, founder of TheRideShareGuy.com, a blog, YouTube channel and podcast for rideshare drivers; he tweets @TheRideShareGuy