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Uber and Lyft paid drivers to protest the bill that could make them employees

Alison Griswold
Uber and Lyft paid drivers to protest the bill that could make them employees

A bill in California that has already passed the state assembly could make it harder for companies like Uber to classify their workers as independent contractors. The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that drivers who attended the July 9 rally in Sacramento were promised $25 to $100 to cover their “travel, parking, and time,” to be paid within five days of the event. The money came from the I’m Independent Coalition—a group funded by the California Chamber of Commerce, several other professional and trade groups, as well as companies—which also helped organize the rally, according to the paper.