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Sep 19

ATU applauds passage of California bill protecting gig workers

Amalgamated Transit Union International President John Costa issued the following statement in reaction to California Governor Gavin Newsom signing AB5 into law.

“The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) is proud to support the signing of AB5, recognizing the legitimate right rideshare drivers have to be full-time employees. Though Uber and Lyft tried to manipulate both politicians and drivers through several means, Governor Newsom stepped up and signed the bill, marking a historic moment for the labor movement not just in California but throughout the entire country.

Because of AB5, rideshare drivers have the opportunity to better defend themselves against Uber and Lyft’s exploitative behavior. The Amalgamated Transit Union believes in this fight and will continue to ensure the basic rights of rideshare drivers are met until Uber and Lyft’s assaults on workers’ rights have come to an end throughout the nation.”