The tech industry appears likely to qualify a November initiative that would reverse the state’s gig economy crackdown, with the campaign saying today it has collected more than a million signatures.
That’s far more than the 623,212 signatures needed to qualify a ballot
initiative, and that buffer of hundreds of thousands of superfluous signatures
would likely be enough to compensate for a certain amount being tossed as
The new employment law compels businesses to treat many more workers as
employees, rather than independent contractors — an existential threat to gig
work companies whose app-dispatched drivers and delivery people are currently
classified as contractors.
Five of those companies have kicked in a cumulative $110 million to pass a
ballot initiative that would prevent those workers from being re-classified as
employees. Organized labor, which championed CA AB5 (19R), has vowed to defend the law at the ballot
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