Assemblymember Kiley leads effort to repeal AB 5 as Uber and Lyft consider suspending California services

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California Assemblymember Kevin Kiley has been leading a statewide effort to repeal Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s ‘gig-worker’ legislation, AB 5.

AB 5 forces employers to reclassify independent contractors as employees, making the workers eligible for benefits but forcing them to lose their freedom that working as an independent contractor brings.

AB 5 was written by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, and co-authored by San Diego Mayoral candidate, Assemblyman Todd Gloria.

Kiley calls AB 5, “the legislature’s infamous attack on independent workers.” After causing thousands of Californians to lose their jobs since it was implemented as law, AB 5 may now force ride sharing giants Uber and Lyft to suspend their services in the state.

Assemblyman Kiley has introduced an amendment to repeal AB 5, a law he says has been called “the most malicious and harmful law ever passed in California.”

During an interview on MSNBC last week, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, told Stephanie Ruhle that Uber “we think we comply by the laws, but if the judge and the court find that we’re not, and they don’t give us a stay to get to November, then we will have to essentially shut down Uber until November when the voters decide.”

Khosrowshahi’s comments came after a state court gave Uber 10 days to re-classify drivers as employees.

Back in May, Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued Uber and Lyft, accusing them of violating California’s gig-worker law, AB 5.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is now working with state leaders to urge the appeals court to take action to avoid Uber and Lyft from leaving the state. Faulconer and San Jose’s Democrat  Mayor Sam Liccardo are leading the effort to save the industry “that’s vital to the income and livelihoods of millions.

Following Kiley’s interview, Lyft released a new ad that will air during the Democratic National Convention across the country, designed to promote driver independence.

In the ad, Marcell Hawkins, an entrepreneur and part-time Lyft driver who needs flexible hours because he is a caregiver for his elderly grandmother, said, “As an independent contractor with flexibility and freedom, I drive when and where I want. It keeps me on the road, helping people through the pandemic, now some politicians want to shut us down. Protect independent work, so we can keep providing your family safe access to food and medicine.”

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