California Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez describes her efforts to fully repeal AB 5
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California’s highly controversial Assembly Bill 5 has destroyed thousands of Californians ability to earn an income as independent contractors.
KUSI News has conducted a series of interviews with Californians who have been hurt by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher’s legislation, AB 5. All of our AB 5 coverage can be seen here: www.kusi.com/ab5.
The Hoover Institution recently published an article titled, “Three Cheers For Two Lawmakers Fighting Today To Save Millions of Entrepreneurs,” in support of State Assembly members Kevin Kiley and Melissa Melendez. The article states AB 5, “may eliminate more than one million independent contractors in the state.”
Kiley and Melendez co-sponsored an amendment to the state’s constitution to repeal AB 5. Thursday, Assemblywoman Melendez spoke with KUSI’s Lauren Phinney for close to ten minutes about her efforts to fully repeal AB 5. Melendez’s full interview is below.
On January 10, 2020, the author of AB 5, Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, was in-studio for an interview about the legislation she authored and how it was designed to protect workers who are being misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. To begin the interview, Gonzalez made quickly pointed out that “there is no indication that there are thousands of people out of work” because of AB 5, watch.
During Gonzalez’s interview, she also stated that she “would love if all employees were unionized.”
Assemblywoman Melendez says she wants Californians who prefer to be independent, to be independent. She believes AB 5 is way too broad, and too many Californians are being negatively impacted by the legislation. Melendez said this law, “makes no sense whatsoever, other than, the goal is to unionize as many people as possible in California.”