Uber, Lyft drivers aren’t employees after all, California voters say

App based gig workers held a driving demonstration with 60-70 vehicles blocking Spring Street in front of Los Angeles City Hall urging voters to vote no on Proposition 22, a November ballot measure that would classify app-based drivers as independent contr

California voters approved Prop. 22, the ballot measure supported by $200 million in campaign funds, which would exempt companies such as Uber and Lyft from having to classify their workers as employees, according to The Associated Press.

The ballot measure, the most expensive in the state’s history, mandates that drivers for Uber, Lyft and Doordash will receive new benefits, such as minimum hourly earnings. But drivers won’t get the full protections and benefits that come with employment, as they may have had to do under another law, AB5 — which originally took aim at gig work. Labor groups, which opposed the law, raised only a tenth as much money.

Uber and Lyft threatened to leave California — or drastically cut back service — if they…

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