The two companies have spoken against the legislation, which would classify drivers as employees and enact worker protections
Dozens of drivers for Uber and Lyft attempted to shut down streets in San Francisco on Tuesday, demanding the right to form a union and calling on state governments to pass a new bill supporting gig worker rights.
Lyft and Uber drivers from across California came in a 70-plus caravan to speak out in favor of Assembly Bill 5, known as AB5.
Lyft and Uber have spoken against AB5, which would classify drivers as employees and enact basic worker protections.
Edan Alva, a driver who lives in Alameda, California and has been a Lyft driver for five years said he has seen his wages go down and costs increase since he began working there. He said he struggles to afford health insurance for himself and his 16-year-old son.
We are here today to say enough is enough, that drivers deserve the same rights and protections as employees, he said at the protest.
We are here to show we have been organizing for a long time and that we are not going to go away, we will keep fighting until we get what we deserve. AB5 is really the correction of an existing mistake, of being misclassified as contractors. It would simply make it clear that we are employees thats the minimum bar of getting what we want.