With all the coverage of California bill AB5, you may be wondering: who is coordinating all these driver protests? Are these organizations really looking out for drivers’ interests? Today, RSG contributor Sergio Avedian will cover these organizations, including unions, what they stand for and who may be best suited to represent the collective voice of all rideshare drivers when the time comes to negotiate with Uber and Lyft.
With technological innovation, millions of people around the country have signed up with one or more gig companies in various segments of the service industry. They include rideshare (Uber and Lyft), food delivery (Uber Eats, Doordash, Caviar, Postmates), shopping (Instacart) and freelance jobs (Fiverr, Taskmates). As per Forbes magazine, more than one third of U.S workers are involved in the gig economy, which works out to a very large number, approximately 57 million people. Some as full timers but mostly as part timers to supplement their income.
Independent contractors are driving millions of people to their destinations, delivering food and taking on many different tasks without any protection from existing labor laws on a daily basis. The gig economy companies have created business plans solely dependent on the IC model. They are not responsible for employment or social security taxes, providing health or retirement benefits, paying for car related expenses such as gas, insurance or maintenance etc., they leave it up to the individual to take care of all the business related costs.