Uber, Lyft and allies break spending records on gig worker initiative. Here's how much
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A fight over the future of California gig drivers has drawn nearly $220 million in political spending, making it the most expensive initiative in the history of the state.The latest campaign finance reports filed Thursday show that the Yes on Proposition 22 campaign has received nearly $200 million, mostly from five tech companies: Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Postmates and Instacart.Uber has been the biggest contributor to the campaign, which aims to largely exempt app-based gig economy drivers from a state law that requires companies to provide more employment benefits to their...
The Sacramento Bee
Seattle to require minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers
SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council on Tuesday unanimously backed a new pay formula for Uber and Lyft drivers meant to ensure they make the same $16.39 per hour minimum wage as other workers in the city.The new rules require ride-hailing companies to pay drivers rates high enough to account for a wide range of expenses and for the time drivers spend waiting for rides and heading on their way to pick up passengers, not just the time when a passenger is in the car.As the gig economy surged in recent years, Seattle battled ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft over pay and rights for their drivers,...
The Seattle Times
GM to Uber drivers: Would you like a Bolt? Here's a deal for you
DETROIT — General Motors is partnering with Uber to put more people into electric vehicles.GM said Tuesday it is offering the ride-sharing company’s drivers a discount on the purchase of a new Chevrolet Bolt.The drivers will get employee pricing on the Bolt and 20% off on Bolt charging accessories.This is yet another step GM is taking to promote EV adoption as it moves toward an all-electric future. GM has said it will launch at least 20 EVs by 2023 and it envisions a future of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.“Improving access to EVs for on-demand service providers can help re...
Detroit Free Press
Uber, Lyft will keep driving in California after all. But the labor fight isn't over
Uber and Lyft won a delay Thursday on a court order requiring them to make contracted drivers into employees by Friday, heading off their threat to shut down services in California by midnight.The temporary reprieve, granted by a state appeals court is the latest in a contentious legal battle between the ride-sharing companies and the state, which alleges in a lawsuit that Uber and Lyft are “exploiting hundreds of thousands of California workers” by classifying drivers as independent contractors when they should be employees under a law passed last year.The companies have resisted offering dri...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Uber and Lyft sued for 'unpaid wages' by California Labor Commissioner over driver classification
California opened a new front in its battle against Uber and Lyft over their classification of drivers as contractors instead of employees, with the state’s labor commissioner on Wednesday filing suit against the two companies.The San Francisco ride-hailing firms decided from the start of their operations to “misclassify” their drivers “as a means of unlawfully depriving these workers of a host of statutory protections applicable to employees, in direct contravention of California law,” according to the separate but nearly identical lawsuits filed in state court in Alameda County claimed.Wedne...
The Mercury News