Uber and Lyft surrogate drivers file lawsuits to overturn California Proposition 22

On the morning of January 13, it was reported that California's driver and express delivery driver recently filed a lawsuit in a California court with the intent to invalidate California's Proposal 22, which was voted in November last year.

According to the proposal, these drivers should be independent contractors rather than full-time employees of the company. For many years, there has been a long-term debate on whether or not gig economy practitioners should be regarded as regular employees, and this lawsuit is the latest of them.

On Tuesday, local time, some drivers from The Service Employees International Union and companies such as Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart filed a complaint with the Supreme Court of California, claiming that California Proposition 22 is a gig economy company operating at a cost of $200 million. A proposal that was voted and approved by voters violated the state constitution.

California Proposal 22 classifies drivers who use mobile apps to solicit business as contract workers, rather than regular employees who enjoy labor protection benefits such as sick pay and workers' compensation. In this regard, the bill also provides some alternative benefits. Proposal 22 also prohibits the legislature from making amendments with less than seven-eighths of support. These amendments include passing laws that allow unions to negotiate on behalf of drivers.

The drivers claimed that Proposal 22 unconstitutionally usurped the legislature’s authority on workers’ compensation matters and the judicial authority’s power to define “amendments” to vote. They also claimed that this proposal violated the California Constitution's stipulation that each proposal can only be limited to a single subject.

The complaint stated: "If the strategy adopted by the initiator of Proposal 22 succeeds, this strategy will be regarded as an effective means to be repeatedly applied to other proposals, so that certain clauses that may actually be unpopular are voted by voters The way was passed."

The gig economy company said that drivers prefer the status of contract workers. In an email statement representing the gig economy industry’s support for Proposal 22, Uber driver Jim Pyatt said: “Legations that try to undermine the clear will of the people will be futile and will not stand the courts. Review."