Today SEIU California, SEIU international, and individual drivers and a consumer filed a petition in the California Supreme Court, asking for invalidation of Proposition 22. Gig Workers Rising is in full support of this action and you can find our statement below. The filing can be found HERE.
Gig Workers Rising Supports SEIU’s Petition to California Supreme Court Seeking For The Invalidation Of Proposition 22
(San Francisco, CA)— Today SEIU California, SEIU international, and individual drivers and a consumer filed a petition in the California Supreme Court, asking for invalidation of Proposition 22. Gig Workers Rising is in full support of these efforts as drivers have long decried Prop 22 as nothing more than an illegitimate corporate power grab.
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“Prop. 22 has always been nothing more than an illegitimate corporate power grab and that is why drivers are taking this fight to the highest court in California where we expect a full and fair hearing. This lawsuit is to serve as a check to corporate co-opting of our Democratic process. As this challenge is brought to the courts, we will continue to organize to win drivers the dignified working conditions they have long been owed.” said Carlos Ramos, a driver and organizer with Gig Workers Rising.
The petition will challenge several unconstitutional elements of Proposition 22. First, Proposition 22 violates the legislature's constitutional authority to regulate workers compensation. Secondly, ballot measures must only embrace a single issue and Proposition 22 grossly oversteps by attempting to regulate both independent contractors and labor organizing more broadly. Additionally it denies the state legislature's ability to regulate collective bargaining. Lastly, Proposition 22 frustrates the ability of the legislature and the courts to create better policies concerning gig workers and the broader industry because of the undemocratic ⅞ majority rule.
“It is clear from top to bottom that Prop 22 is not just anti worker, but also unconstitutional. Corporations like Uber and Lyft spent over $200 million dollars to confuse voters into passing a law that not only harms workers, but also our very democracy. These corporations have weaseled their way out of any future accountability by making it impossible for the legislature to create and pass worker focused policies. We applaud the efforts to hold these corporations accountable and continue to fight for the dignified working conditions workers deserve.” said Steve Gregg, a driver and organizer with Gig Workers Rising.
Gig Workers Rising is a campaign supporting and educating app and platform workers who are organizing for better wages, working conditions, and respect. @GigWorkersRise