Prop 22 on California’s November ballot is needed to save hundreds of thousands of jobs for app-based drivers, and app-based food delivery and rideshare services that millions now rely on. That’s because drastic legislation passed by Sacramento politicians puts these services at risk of shut down.
More than 1 million Californians choose to work as independent contractors with app-based rideshare, food and grocery delivery platforms.
Eighty percent (80%) of app-based drivers work part-time, fewer than 20 hours per week, and rely on flexible work to supplement income and provide for their families. They are parents who work while their kids are in school, family members who need the flexibility to care for aging parents or loved ones, students who earn income around class schedules, working families, or retirees.
Access to these flexible earnings opportunities and the convenience and affordability of these on-demand services is at risk.
Last year Sacramento politicians passed drastic legislation that makes it illegal for Californians to work as independent contractors with app-based rideshare, food and grocery delivery platforms - instead forcing drivers to be classified as employees.
In multiple surveys, more than 70% of drivers say they want to remain independent contractors. They do NOT want to be employees.
With unemployment at record highs, prohibiting independent contract work for app-based drivers would eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs at the worst possible time.
It would also mean longer wait times for customers, significantly higher prices, and could even lead to a permanent shutdown of services in many areas – restricting access to these services for millions.
The Solution –
The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce along with a coalition of small businesses, public safety groups, advocates for those in underserved communities and many more, plus nearly 100,000 Californians who drive with app-based platforms, are fighting back by supporting Proposition 22 – a November ballot measure that protects driver flexibility and provides historic new wage and benefit guarantees, like health care.