The Ghost of Labor: Past, Present, and Future
The presidential race captured the attention of most during the 2020 election, but there was something else significant on people’s ballots last november. In California, voters had the chance to vote on Prop 22, a ballot initiative related to gig work companies like Uber and Lyft. The state had recently passed legislation that would have classified gig workers for these companies as employees, which would make the corporations pay for benefits and unemployment insurance. However, Prop 22 created an exemption for these gig companies (after said companies spent tens of millions in campaigning).
Now that it has passed, Lyft, DoorDash, and other gig corporations are seeking to enact similar