A bill that would give gig workers the right to collectively bargain for benefits and wages has been introduced in California. The 1099 Self-Organizing Act, sponsored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) would cover groups of 10 or more independent contractors who work for “hosting platforms” such as Uber and Lyft. Gonzalez estimates that there are 1 million to 2 million gig workers in California, or roughly 10 percent of the state’s workforce. The legislation would not classify workers as employees of those services, but would allow them to negotiate in groups instead of as individuals.
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