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National #DriversUnite Movement calls for SEC to reject Lyft IPO
by The Alliance for Independent Workers (TheALLIANCEorg [at] outlook.com)
Monday Mar 11th, 2019 3:11 AM
Protections for Gig Economy Workers Against Corporate Abusive Practices
DRIVERS UNITE in Protecting Gig Economy Workers Against Corporate LYFT - Saying "NO to LYFT IPO!"

The ALLIANCE for Independent Workers - National #DriversUnite Movement - Calls for the U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION to halt the LYFT IPO due to LYFT'S BUSINESS MODEL being based on fraudulent terms of exploitation of it's DRIVER workforce under Misclassification of Employment. Furthermore, GiG Workers - UBER, LYFT, LIVERY and even TAXI Drivers are strongly condemning lobbying by gig economy tech firms aimed at overturning new legal protections for employees wrongly classified as “independent contractors.” Workers are calling for stronger city, state and federal regulation and enforcement against the Silicon Valley Tech Titans LYFT & UBER.

Edward Escobar, founder of The ALLIANCE for Independent Workers said, “The Gig Economy is a third of the workforce - by 2021, 40% and projected to continue growing to 50% by 2027. Gig economy tech firms like Uber, Lyft and the other Tech Titans of Silicon Valley are rife with continued allegations of wage theft and workplace safety violations - This exploitation of Gig Economy Workers struggling to survive, by side-hustling multiple jobs, is unacceptable and clearly exemplifies CORPORATIONS putting PROFITS before PEOPLE”
The ALLIANCE for Independent Workers urges gig economy workers and all other “independent contractors" to contact legislators about their own experiences - as workers are denied job-based benefits coverage and collective bargaining rights at ride sharing and other app-based tech companies. AIW supports the passage of 2019 California State Assembly Bill (AB5) - Author, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez
Recent Nationwide rate cuts by UBER & LYFT are hurting drivers, as the plummeting wages are driving drivers to poverty and increasing numbers of suicides, with 8 occurring in New York City, in the past year alone. Over saturation of cities, with too many vehicles and drivers vying for the reduced share of the riders, by Rideshare industry, has decimated the taxi and livery drivers and has led to the decrease of Public Transportation service options - Privatization of Public Transportation is the net result. A recent New York City CAP on Rideshare vehicles - UBER/LYFT, coupled with a new wage floor for Drivers is gaining momentum in other major cities nationally, as overworked and underpaid is becoming the norm for most gig economy workers.
#DriversUnite Actions are being held nationwide to bring attention to the impact on gig workers in major cities – New York, San Francisco and Boston. Workers Actions will be at LYFT HQs on March 11th, running between 11-2pm nationwide. The San Francisco Action will begin 11am at 3rd and King St then a march to LYFT headquarters at 185 Berry St.

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