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Judge Denies Uber and Lyft Appeal; Companies’ Last Chance on Prop 22 Falls to Voters
October 29, 2020
The legal push-and-pull over whether ride-hailing company drivers in California will maintain their status as independent contractors or become W-2 employees continued last week.  On Oct. 22, the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco upheld the injunction issued against Uber and Lyft last August that those companies’ app-based drivers are employees.  ... read more »
Groups for and Against Prop 22 Aim Their Messages to Black Voters as Election Day Nears
September 24, 2020
With less than two months left before Election Day, campaigns both defending and opposing Proposition 22 — the ballot initiative that aims to keep gig company drivers classified as independent contractors — are revving up their efforts to reach out to Black voters. ... read more »
Lyft Forms Partnership with Black Organizations to Provide Accessible Transportation
August 27, 2020
Ridesharing app Lyft announced an initiative that would provide 1.5 million rides to make transportation accessible to underserved communities. The company joined forces with 11 organizations including The National Urban League, Black Women’s Roundtable and the NAACP. ... read more »
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Black Riders Matter
August 27, 2020
A court in California just issued a temporary “stay” on restricting rideshare operations in the state over the independent contractor issue. The court ruling should be made permanent while civil rights and business leaders work together to undo the unjust and unfair rideshare regulations that may negatively impact millions of people throughout America. ... read more »
Court Rules in Favor of California: Uber and Lyft Drivers are Employees
August 13, 2020
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman ruled in favor of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s argument that Uber and Lyft are violating AB 5, which says workers can only be considered independent contractors if they perform duties outside the usual course of a company’s business. ... read more »
Fight for Uber and Lyft Drivers to Remain Their Own Bosses Heats Up as November Vote Approaches
August 6, 2020
As the general election in November gets closer, rideshare and app-based delivery drivers are rounding up support to defeat a ballot initiative that will decide the fate of app-based work in California.   ... read more »
Community Leaders Call for Investment in Crisis Assistance for Survivors of Crime  
May 12, 2020
As National Crime Victims’ Rights Week enfolds, legislative and government leaders are taking action to magnify the voices of survivors of violence and crime victims. Commnunity organization leaders as well as Assemblymembers Reggie Jones-Sawyer, ... read more »
Labor Lawsuits, New Legislation Attempt to Push Back on New AB 5 Rules
February 6, 2020
A growing chorus of voices across California — from affected Uber and Lyft drivers and newspaper delivery truck operators to freelance writers, photographers, musicians and other artists – are all rising up to oppose Assembly Bill 5.   ... read more »
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New California Law Makes It Harder to Treat Employees as Freelancers
January 3, 2020
A new California law that makes it harder for companies to treat workers as independent contractors goes into effect Jan. 1, making small businesses in and outside the state consider how they staff their operations. ... read more »
Calif. Vastly Expands Digital Privacy. Will People Use It?
January 3, 2020
Californians will soon have sweeping digital-privacy rights stronger than any seen before in the U.S., posing a significant challenge to Big Tech and the data economy it helped create. ... read more »
LAX-it Pickup Lot at Airport Set to Expand
November 8, 2019
The much-debated LAX-it pickup lot for taxis and ride-hailing services at Los Angeles International Airport got 50 percent bigger today in an effort to alleviate complaints about extended wait times, particularly during peak hours. ... read more »
LAX-it to Debut for Airport Ride-Hailing, Taxi Services
November 1, 2019
This week, passengers arriving at Los Angeles International Airport won't be able to jump in a taxi or a ride- hailing vehicle in the terminal area. ... read more »
Council President Wesson Moves To Establish $30 Minimum Wage for Rideshare Drivers
October 17, 2019
City Council President Herb Wesson has moved to raise the minimum wages of rideshare drivers to $30 per hour in the City of Los Angeles, a significant policy proposal that would economically empower thousands of the City’s rideshare workers who have seen their earnings steadily decrease over the last several years. ... read more »
Sola Impact Launches The BeeHive
September 26, 2019
Wednesday, September 18, South Central opened its’ arms to The Beehive, the nation’s first-ever business campus for opportunity-zone (OZ) operated businesses. Here, some of the nation’s most underprivileged will now have to opportunity to meet and work with investors, business owners, and more under one roof. ... read more »
Rideshare Drivers, Union Form Alliance in Support of AB5
September 5, 2019
Over 100 Uber and Lyft drivers formed a caravan on August 25, embarking on a three day trip to Sacramento in support of AB5, a bill that would redefine independent contractor status in California.  Members of two unions, the Mobile Workers Alliance and Gig Workers Rising, joined the drivers; the group also stopping to rally at Uber headquarters in San Francisco and returning home on August 28. ... read more »
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