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Uber Won Its Prized Contractor Status for Drivers. Now What?

  • Ballot measure vote upholds business-as-usual in California
  • Proposition 22 result evokes ‘robber barons,’ professor says
Uber and Lyft will continue to face court challenges to their labor model elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad.

Uber and Lyft will continue to face court challenges to their labor model elsewhere in the U.S. and abroad.

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In one fell swoop, Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. on Tuesday fended off labor protections that were decades in the making, allowing the companies to keep compensating their drivers as independent contractors.

By design, very little will change under the ballot measure approved by California voters that was underwritten by the ride-hailing companies, along with Instacart Inc., DoorDash Inc. and Postmates Inc.