California Dems Seek Death Penalty for Uber and Lyft
I know you’ve been busy binging the exciting coverage of the Democrat National Convention.
But have you heard the latest bit of horrible news from the once golden state of California?
I don’t mean the 367 wildfires that are out of control and charring the hills of Northern California.
Or the heat wave and the rolling blackouts caused by the high electricity demand for air conditioning.
I’m talking about the possible disappearance from California of the popular ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft.
Both companies were planning to completely shut down their California operations at midnight Thursday rather than comply with a terrible state law called AB5.
AB5, which became law in January, was deliberately written by Democrats in the state Assembly who are out to destroy the future of Uber and Lyft in California by forcing them to reclassify their independent 1099 contract drivers as employees.
Uber and Lyft, which were born in San Francisco barely more than a decade ago, became household names across the United States by providing quick, reliable, cheap, 24/7 transportation for millions of urban and suburban people in cities where government-protected taxicab monopolies had robbed the poor and the carless with high fares and horrible service for decades.
Until the COVID-19 shutdown in March crushed America’s economy and wiped out our social lives, about a million Americans of all ages worked for Uber and Lyft as full- or part-time independent contract drivers. More than 100,000 of them worked in California.
The ultimate “gig” workers, Uber and Lyft drivers use their own cars and work when, where and how much they want. They have no boss.