IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Berkeley Labor Center exposes its bias
Co-author of “analysis” critical of Protect App-Based Drivers & Services Act gives speech at rally organized by opposition campaign
SACRAMENTO – Far from being independent or neutral, the Berkeley
Labor Center – an organization led
by labor unions – has joined with the campaign opposed to the Protect
App-Based Drivers & Services Act, a ballot measure aimed for the November
2020 ballot. On Wednesday, Michael Reich, the co-chair of the Center and the
co-author of a deceptive and flawed “analysis” of the ballot measure, spoke at a rally organized by opponents.
Here are some actual facts about the pay and benefit guarantees
contained in the measure:
FACT – The
initiative sets an earnings floor, not a ceiling, of at least an amount equal
to 120% of the minimum wage + $0.30 per mile during engaged time. Drivers can
never earn less than this guarantee.
FACT – The
minimum pay guarantee works out to at least $21/ engaged hour in gross pay,
depending on local minimum wage and miles driven.
FACT – The measure provides app-based drivers a healthcare stipend consistent
with employer contributions under the Affordable Care Act. Drivers who work 25
hours per week or more earn an amount equivalent to 82% of a Covered California
Bronze health insurance plan. Drivers begin earning the healthcare stipend
after working 15 hours a week.
READ – More detailed rebuttal of the Center’s “analysis” from Uber
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