About Uber, Lyft & DoorDash: The Authors of Prop 22

Uber and Lyft have made billions by exploiting their drivers for years. Now these companies are spending over $100 million to buy themselves a special exemption to increase their profits by denying fair wages and benefits for their drivers. Learn more about the corporations behind Prop 22.

A business model based on threats, shutdowns, and exploitation

When they get caught breaking law, Uber and Lyft throw a tantrum - using extortion tactics to intimidate elected officials, drivers, and consumers into giving them what they want: a blank check to rewrite laws that work for their bottom line and leave drivers out in the cold. Now the app companies are resorting to this same old ploy to get their way with Prop 22 in California.

Threat

Reality

New York - In 2015, Uber threatened to leave New York City over a dispute with the City Council.

Uber never left.

Austin, TX - In 2016, Uber and Lyft threatened to leave Austin if local voters failed to approve a measure they put on the ballot to loosen background check restrictions.

The companies returned just six months later.

Chicago, IL - In 2016, Uber threatened to abandon Chicago to avoid having to comply with the city’s licensing regulations, and Lyft joined in.

Neither company ever left.

Phoenix SkyHarbor Airport - In February this year, Uber and Lyft threatened to stop picking up passengers at Phoenix’s SkyHarbor airport if an increased airport pickup fee was allowed to stand. The fee went into effect on May 1 of this year.

Neither company has left the market.

California - Uber and Lyft have threatened to halt service in California after a judge ruled that the ride-hailing companies must immediately follow state law and classify their drivers as employees.

Uber and Lyft are now banking on being able to trick California voters with Prop 22 on November 3rd.

Promises Made, Promises Broken

The app company legacy is making promises to take care of their drivers, and then immediately breaking those promises. Proposition 22 - bought and paid for by Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash - will be no different.

Broken Promise #1
Personal Protective Equipment

Instead of providing masks and disinfectant for workers as promised, Uber Stockpiles $110 million for Prop 22 - enough to provide one month’s worth of protective equipment for 600,000 drivers and shoppers.

Uber’s Senior VP announces shipments of disinfectant spray for some drivers. Days later, Uber promises to ship millions of face masks to its workers.

Most drivers were still waiting for the promised masks weeks later. And, on May 18, Uber announced that its app will not allow drivers to work unless they are wearing a mask.

Broken Promise #2
Paid Sick Leave

Uber said it would offer drivers paid sick leave during COVID-19, then backtracked.

Uber promises to provide 14 days of paid sick leave for drivers who fall ill with coronavirus or are placed in quarantine.

Uber “sabotaged” drivers who needed sick pay and it’s revised policy forced many drivers to choose between working to pay their bills or staying home to protect public health.

Broken Promise #3
Unemployment Insurance

Uber promises to help drivers access pandemic unemployment assistance, even as the company illegally denies drivers unemployment insurance.

Uber launches a website to help drivers receive jobless benefits under the U.S. coronavirus response bill.

According to California’s Attorney General, Uber breaks the law by denying unemployment insurance for drivers.

Broken Promise #4
Healthcare Benefits

Uber promises healthcare benefits commensurate with hours worked, instead of following the law and classifying workers as employees.

Uber CEO says his company is prepared to create a system to pay for healthcare benefits to cover drivers based on the number of hours they work.

Uber drivers are working during a deadly global pandemic with no access to healthcare benefits through their job; meanwhile, Uber is trying to put the responsibility for health coverage back on drivers with its misguided initiative - in violation of state law, according to the Attorney General’s lawsuit: “The laws violated by Defendants include, but are not limited to, requirements relating to minimum wages, overtime wages, business expenses, meal and rest periods, wage statements, paid sick leave and health benefits, and social insurance programs.”

Uber and Lyft threatening to kill our jobs is nothing short of extortion. These app-company CEOs are telling us that if we refuse to give them a special exemption on the November ballot to deny us the benefits and protections we’ve earned, that they will take away our livelihoods permanently. Well, we’ve got news for Uber and Lyft: we won’t go along to get along. We refuse to be held hostage by billionaires who are using our lives and our jobs as bargaining chips to rewrite the laws in their favor.”

– Cherri Murphy, Gig Workers Rising