Prop 22 puts the ‘future of labor’ at stake – ClearTips

Prop 22 puts the ‘future of labor’ at stake – ClearTips

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Because Election Day is fast approaching and given that California’s Prop 22 puts the “future of Labor” at stake, as Instacart activist and co-convenor Gig Workers Collective Vanessa Bain told ClearTips this week, we vote this Paying attention to the remedy. . Gig companies such as Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart have put more than $ 180 million into Prop 22, which wants to keep their drivers and delivery workers classified as independent contractors.

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Instacart begins to ask workers to say yes to Promotions 22 for customers

Vanessa Bain, co-founder of Instacart Shopper and Gig Workers Collective, tweeted how some shoppers were instructed to pass yes on 22 stickers to customers. Inserts and stickers were available at a store in the Bay Area over the weekend, but Instacart says it has no plans to expand it to other stores.

Many people, including Bain, questioned whether it was legal.

Instacart, however, allowed CNN to take the initiative under campaign finance rules. With all, I reached the Fair Political Practice Commission, but Communications Director J. Varenga reported that “only an investigation by FPPC enforcement (or DA or AG office) determines that someone or group has violated the Political Reform Act.”

What is clear, however, is that it goes against many workers. We actually caught up with Bain in front of the Relay for Tech Crunch mixtape, where he discusses why he is hostile to the 22-year-old pro. This episode will go live next week, but here is a teaser of our conversation:

“Labor’s future is at stake,” Bain told us earlier this week. “I will argue about the future of our democracy. The reality is, you know, it sets a dangerous precedent for allowing companies to write their own labor laws … This policy was created to give unilateral benefits to companies as opposed to workers. “

Hundreds stepped on the streets of SF to protest against Prop 22

In San Francisco, there were mass protests against Prop. 22. While Prop 22 will currently offer more benefits than workers, many drivers and delivery workers say it is not enough. For example, Prop 22 will provide health care subsidies, but it is less than total health care.

Speaking of SF, 76% of app-based employees in the city are people of color.

And 39% are immigrants, according to the latest survey of gig workers by the Local Agency Formation Commission and UC Santa Cruz professor Chris Benner.

The study surveyed 259 workers who drive or deliver to DoorDash, Instacart or Amazon Fresh. Other findings were:

  • 71% of the workers get at least 3/4 of the monthly income from gig work
  • 57% of the workers are completely dependent on the gig for their monthly income.
  • On average, workers make $ 450 per week. After spending, that average drops to $ 270 per week.

California appeals court heard arguments in Uber, lift gig worker classification case

Judges of California’s First District Court of Appeal heard arguments from Uber and Lyft about why they should be able to continue categorizing their drivers with independent contractors. The hearing was a result of a district judge granting a preliminary injunction that would force Uber and Lyft to immediately reclassify their employees as employees. Uber and Lyft, however, appealed the ruling and now here we are.

As Uber and Lyft have argued, drivers will lose flexibility when they are employees, An appeals court judge asked what part of AB5 would companies need to remove that flexibility. Spoiler Alert: There is nothing in AB5 that requires such a thing.

But an attorney for Lyft, who has said he would leave California if forced to reorganize his staff, said that “the court does not want to think that if the injunction is ratified Hai, then these people will continue these earning opportunities because they won’t. “

Uber’s survey of workers on Prop. 22 shows strong support for the ballot measure

But it is important to note that out of more than 200,000 Uber drivers in California, only 461 workers participated in the study. Uber conducted the survey from October 23 to October 5 to see how drivers felt about Prop 22 and being an independent contractor. In that poll, 54% of respondents said they would definitely vote on 22 if the election were to take place today, while 13% said they would definitely not vote.

Image Credit: Uber

Those surveys were also weighed on whether they preferred to become independent contractors; 54% of those polled stated that they strongly preferred being an independent contractor while 9% said they strongly preferred being an employee.

Image Credit: Uber

This week, Uber inspired riders to talk to their drivers about the 22 to see how they feel.

A spokesperson for Uber said in a statement, “First and foremost, there should be a conversation about Proposition 22 that is exactly what gig activists want.” “That’s why we’re encouraging everyone who uses Uber or Uber Eats to ask their driver or delivery person how they really feel about 22 years.”

Based on the wording of the in-app message, Uber is confident that most drivers support Prop 22.

Image Credit: Uber


Stay awake


Facebook and Twitter ban Holocaust-denied posts

Both Facebook And Twitter took a step into the ongoing fight against hate this week by removing posts denying the systematic and state-sponsored mass murder of nearly 6 million Jewish people. On Monday, Facebook announced that it would block posts denying the Holocaust. Facebook said its decision was motivated by a rise in anti-Semitism and “alarming levels of ignorance about the Holocaust, especially among young people.” on Wednesday, Twitter announced a similar stance.

BLCK VC Launches Black Venture Institute

In partnership with Operator Collective, Salesforce Ventures and UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Black Venture Institute of BLCK VC Wants to help more black entrepreneurs become angel investors. The goal is to train 300 students in writing positions over the next three years.

“It is these closed networks that have helped reduce access to the black community,” BLCK VC co-founder Frederick Gross told TC’s Ron Miller. “The Black Venture Institute is a structured effort for black operators to reach from engineer to product marketing manager.”

GV finally has a black female partner, Terry Burns

Terry Burns recently made a partner in GV, formerly known as Google Ventures. Burns is now the only Black female companion in GV, which is wild. But, you know, progress, not perfection.

Throwback when Burns talked about racial justice at Tech and the Venture Capital.

“Venture capital definitely plays a role,” Burns, then a principal at GV, told ClearTips about Tech’s overall lack of diversity. “VC is a tool that can enable businesses to scale much faster and faster, and historically, this tool has not been evenly distributed. For example, VCs have traditionally focused on founders from a small number of founders and pedigrees that are not particularly diverse (in 2016 we learned from Richard Kerby, general partner of Equal Ventures, that 40% of VC or Then went to Harvard or Stanford). With more equal distribution of wealth in the background, fewer people will have a greater chance of success. “

Wing’s co-founder admitted his mistakes

Audrey Gelman, former CEO of The Wing, who resigned in June A letter he sent to former employees of The Wing last week. In it, Gelman apologizes for not taking action to combat abuse of women of color in The Wing. He also acknowledged that his drive for success and scaling “came at the expense of a healthy and sustainable culture that matched our perceived values ​​and workplace practices, making our team feel valued and respected.”

This means that, Gelman said, the “wing” had not pierced the historical oppression and racist roots of the hospitality industry; We prepared it as a killer [sic], Gentler Edition. “

Some other highlights of his letter are as follows:

  • “Members’ needs came first, and those members were often white, and sufficiently endowed to bear the wing’s membership dues.”
  • “White privilege and power trips were rewarded with acquaintances, as opposed to doubling down on our perceived values.”
  • “When it came to the realization that Wing had constitutionally propagated it in different ways, it was more tragic because the place we claimed was different was the age-old pattern of women of color and especially Black women were discouraged by white women. And our limited feminist values. “

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