California Gives Gig Workers Major Victory
By a margin of 29 to 11, the Golden State’s Senate approved a bill yesterday that recognizes contractors for tech firms like Uber and Lyft as employees — entitling them to legal protections and benefits. “One job should be enough,” said state Sen. Maria Durazo. The bill, which would empower some 1 million local workers, could go into effect as early as this week following approval from the State Assembly and a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom.
How will tech firms respond? By heavy lobbying: Several companies have reportedly spent $30 million for a ballot initiative to exempt themselves from the measure.