BOSTON, Nov 16 (Businesshala) – As a measure to encourage Massachusetts voters to treat drivers of app-based companies such as Uber Technologies Inc. (UBER.N) and Lyft Inc (LYFT.O) as independent contractors rather than employees. supporters said on Tuesday. He had gathered enough signatures to make it onto the ballot.
Supporters said the closely watched fight over the legal rights of gig workers has produced nearly 130,000 signatures submitted to city and town clerks for each version of a ballot question backed by a coalition of app-based service providers.
The Massachusetts Coalition for Independent Work, whose members include Uber, Lyft, DoorDash Inc. (DASH.n) and Instacart Inc., proposed in August asking voters to declare their drivers as independent contractors entitled to minimum benefits, but their employees. No.
Signatures were collected by Flexibility and Benefits for Massachusetts Drivers, a committee affiliated with the group. The two versions of the ballot are identical, although they lack the requirement for safety training in case opponents challenge it.
Signatures of 2022 ballot questions must be submitted by Wednesday for authentication. At least 80,239 certified signatures must be given to the Secretary of State by December 1.
The proposal would establish an income level equal to 120% of Massachusetts’ minimum wage for app-based ride-share and delivery drivers, or $18 an hour in 2023 before tips. Drivers will be guaranteed at least 26 cents per mile to cover vehicle maintenance and gas.
Ride-share and delivery network companies must pay a health stipend if drivers work at least 15 hours per week. Drivers can also earn paid sick time and paid family and medical leave.
The proposal follows a similar 2020 measure in California, where companies persuaded state voters to strengthen the status of ride-hail and food delivery workers as independent contractors with some benefits.
However, a California judge ruled on August 23 that Proposition 22 violated the state’s constitution.