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Reese: Protect Gig Economy Workers in Utah


Photo of Lyft loading screen (Photo by Tom Denton | The Daily Utah Chronicle) Beyond the race for the White House, one of the biggest changes to come from the 2020 election was California’s passage of Proposition 22 , which allows gig economy companies to classify their workers as independent contractors instead of employees. Companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart poured $200 million into the campaign to pass Prop 22, effectively buying their own labor laws. These corporations told the voters and consumers that if Prop 22 failed, they would be forced to raise their prices. When the proposition passed, they raised prices anyway.

Now, gig economy corporations are hoping to pass similar laws throughout the country. In Utah, they have an ally in Sen. Dan McCay, who is running S.B. 209 , Gig Workers Amendments. His bill, like Prop 22, would ensure that workers who work under gig economy services would not be considered employees by the corporations they perform services for. Laws like these only serve corporate interests at the expense of workers’ well-being. Low Wages and Fewer Jobs

Utah’s minimum wage sits at $7.25 , which is the federal minimum standard. In California under Prop 22, […]

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