Proposition 22: App-based drivers as independent contractors

Support for Prop. 22 split by party lines

Proposition 22

Paris Hickson

Prop 22 addresses app-based drivers as independent contractors. Graphic by Paris Hickson

Paris Hickson, Staff Writer

The gist

Proposition 22 classifies app-based drivers, such as those for Uber or Lyft, as contractors as opposed to calling them employees and provides independent-drivers other methods of compensation such as more money for each mile driven and healthcare insurance for on-the-job injuries. The proposition would slightly increase state taxes that would be covered by rideshare services such as Uber or Lyft.

A yes on Proposition 22 would mean rideshare employees would be considered an independent contractor and labor policies would be adjusted.

A no on Proposition 22 means that Assembly Bill No. 5, which is a bill that requires companies that hire independent contractors to be reclassified as employees, could decide if app-based drivers are either employees or independent contractors.

DoorDash, Lyft and Uber were heavy contributors for the campaign with each company putting in close to $200 million dollars in total, with the Republican Party of California supporting the ballot measure as well.

The Democratic Party of California heavily opposes the support of Prop 22, with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate and vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris expressing their opposition for Prop 22.

What the media is saying

What Prop. 22’s defeat would mean for Uber and Lyft — and drivers, Los Angeles Times (article)
Drivers weigh in on Prop 22, 10 News (article and video)
Proposition 22: Gig worker benefits, CalMatters (article)



• DoorDash
• Lyft
• Uber
• Postmates
• Instacart
• Republican Party of California
• Mothers Against Drunk Driving
• California Peace Officers Association


• Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden
• U.S. Senator Kamala Harris
• U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders
• California Democratic Party
• California State Council of Laborers
• ACLU of Southern California
• Transport Workers Union of America 
• California Teachers Association

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