New Bill Pushes to Let Gig Workers Collectively Bargain Like Unions

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A new bill in the California State Assembly could potentially give independent contractors who work for companies like Uber or TaskRabbit the right to collectively bargain over working conditions and wages. Under current law, independent contractors can't collectively negotiate with their employer. Industry trade groups have rallied against the bill, arguing that federal law does not grant independent contractors collective bargaining rights, and that the legislation will seriously harm businesses that rely on so-called "gig" workers.


Robert Callahan, California executive director of the Internet Association

Lorena Gonzalez, California state assemblywoman (D-San Diego)