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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 07:48 AM

California Senate passes ride-share bill that has divided Democrats over the future of Uber and Lyft

California Senate passes ride-share bill that has divided Democrats over the future of Uber and Lyft drivers


Uber and Lyft drivers have long complained about their wages and contractor status. Now itís the latest issue highlighting a growing split between the Democratic Partyís establishment and the more progressive left.

At issue is California bill AB5, which could convert hundreds of thousands of contract workers in the state to employee status, instituting wage floors and ushering in benefits. The bill has drawn widespread support among advocacy groups and liberal politicians ó and opposition from the app-based companies and their political backers.

The state Senate approved the bill in Sacramento late Tuesday night, sending it back to the state Assembly before it would need the governorís signature.

The bill has proven particularly divisive for members of the Democratic Party nationwide. Thatís in part because it has pitted Obama-era officials who have joined the companies in advisory roles against newer progressives who see a mandate to address economic inequality head-on and advocate for gig workers.

Read more: https://beta.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/09/11/how-california-rideshare-bill-has-divided-democrats-over-future-uber-lyft-drivers/

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