Assemblywoman Gonzalez Statement on Rideshare Drivers Suing to Overturn Prop. 22

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

SAN DIEGO – (Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021) – Today, California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) issued the following statement after rideshare drivers in the state filed a lawsuit to overturn Uber and Lyft’s 2020 ballot measure Prop. 22 on the grounds that it’s unconstitutional and limits the Legislature’s ability to enact laws that provide better conditions to working people in the state.

“Prop. 22 not only created a permanent underclass of workers in California — it stripped the Legislature of its power to step in and improve working conditions for hundreds of thousands of app-based workers,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez said. “The State Supreme Court should have an opportunity to weigh in on whether corporations can use the initiative process to write their own laws with artificial barriers designed to block elected representatives from doing their job."

Gig corporations, including Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash, spent a record-shattering $204 million to pass Prop. 22 in November, which requires an seven-eighths (87.5%) majority vote of the state legislature for any modification. Changes must also be consistent with and further the purpose of Prop. 22, which classified gig workers in California as independent contractors with no power in their workplace and substandard benefits.

For questions or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Sami Gallegos: samantha.gallegos@asm.ca.gov

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Latina Inequities. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, visit http://asm.ca.gov/gonzalez

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