Uber, Lyft drivers vow to continue fight for unions despite company pushback

The resurgent conflict between the drivers and companies could turn political since gig economy workers have already become a flashpoint in the 2020 elections. Candidates including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg have supported the idea of industry-wide bargaining and called for gig economy workers to be considered employees in their presidential platforms.

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Uber and Lyft drivers seeking to form unions hailed a new California law requiring gig economy workers to be classified as employees as a crucial victory. But their plans are in limbo as the companies vow to fight the law.

The drivers are gearing up for a fresh battle with the ride-hailing companies which are seeking to convince California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) to exempt them from having to comply with Assembly Bill 5.

“We have heard from the industry that they’re not going to follow the law, so we have quite a few fights ahead,” says Nicole Moore, a driver and organizer with Rideshare Drivers United. “We are committed to basic employment rights, a basic wage. We can’t count on anything from [Uber and Lyft.]”

Workers groups argue that while AB5 offers basic protections, collective bargaining is the best way to tackle key issues such as falling wages and…

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