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Uber and Lyft Really Don’t Want California to Pass This Worker Rights Bill

As California considers a gig-work bill to make ride-hailing drivers employees eligible for benefits and bargaining rights, Uber and Lyft ask for compromise.
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This week, three titans of ride-hailing—Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Lyft co-founder Logan Green, and Lyft CEO and president John Zimmer—took a rare break from competing on the roads to collaborate on the page: They penned an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle to voice their collective opposition to a new California law that would re-classify their drivers as employees, allowing them the benefits and bargaining rights long withheld from independent contractors.

The sweeping gig-worker legislation, Assembly Bill 5, passed the state assembly last month and now awaits a vote by the state senate and the signature of Governor Gavin Newsom. Acknowledging the gravity of the threat such regulation would pose to their businesses (which are already losing billions of dollars every year), the two now-public companies are keen to use this moment to advocate for an alternative.