The Latest: DoorDash ups ballot measure threat to $90M

August 29, 2019 GMT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California fight on gig workers (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

The on-demand delivery company DoorDash has joined Uber and Lyft in threatening to put a measure on the California ballot regarding how it treats it workers, upping the total pledged spending to $90 million.

The campaign announced Thursday is aimed at forcing a deal with lawmakers and unions on legislation around the rights of workers in so-called gig jobs.

It comes as a bill that would make it harder for those companies to classify their workers as independent contractors makes its way through the Legislature. The companies say that labeling their workers as independent contractors allows their workers to have flexibility.


The California Labor Federation, the sponsor of the bill, is pledging to fight hard against the companies.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has not commented.


3 p.m.

Uber and Lyft are threatening to spend $60 million on a ballot measure if they can’t reach a deal with California lawmakers on legislation that would change the rights of gig workers.

Spokespeople for the companies announced the plan Thursday, though the proposed text of the ballot measure has not been released.

It comes as California debates a bill that would make it harder for the companies to label their workers as independent contractors instead of employees. As employees, they would be entitled to more benefits.

The companies are pushing Gov. Gavin Newsom to broker a deal that would set up a new set of requirements for gig companies. Uber and Lyft say they would agree to a base hourly wage of $21 for drivers, portable benefits and sector-wide bargaining rights.