Felix Stalder on Thu, 12 Sep 2019 08:47:41 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Gig Workers Rising

I'm still amazed at the passing of Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) [1] in
California, eventually ensuring "gig economy workers are entitled to
minimum wage, workers’ compensation and other benefits." [2] If this law
becomes effective (as of January 2020), I think it constitutes a major
fork in the road.

Does somebody know the alignment of forces that made the passage of this
bill -- against the significant resistance  of the companies most
affects, Uber and Lyft -- possible?

One actor was "Gig Workers Rising","a campaign supporting and educating
app and platform workers who are organizing for better wages, working
conditions and jobs." [3] It seem like three out of four of their
demands are addressed in the law.

But who else and how was it done?


[3] https://www.gigworkersrising.org/about

Uber and Lyft executives make billions. But what about drivers?

Drivers are standing up to demand a fair return on the billions they
make for Uber & Lyft:

* Living wage
	Uber and Lyft must pay drivers a livable hourly rate
	(after expenses).

	Clear policies on wages, tips, fare breakdowns
	and deactivations.

* Benefits
	Such as disability, workers comp, retirement, health care,
	death benefits, and paid time off.

*Voice at work
	A recognized independent worker organization, the
	freedom to stand together without fear of retaliation
	and a fair and transparent process for deactivations.

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