[ONLINE] - Gig Workers and Propositions

Policy and the Changing Nature of Work’s Interplay

Please note: This event will take place at 10:00-11:30 AM PT / 1:00-2:30 PM ET.

Proposition 22, which decided whether app-based drivers for companies are employees or independent contractors, passed last November. The legislation influenced the future of California’s gig economy and makes companies like Uber and Lyft exempt from a California law (AB5) which would have pushed such workers to be classified as employees.

Some see the decision as a major win for gig companies and a nod to their impact on state policy. Others suggest it is a serious loss for those gig workers and labor advocates hoping for stronger workplace protections and wonder if it will become a  model for gig economy reforms in other states. 

Join New America CA on Monday, April 19th at 10:00 AM PDT for Gig Workers and Propositions: Policy and the Changing Nature of Work’s Interplay. This online conversation will explore the employee versus contractor debate, what Prop 22 means for workers, economic and opportunity impacts we might see at state and national levels, and the evolving policy questions brought on by the ever-changing nature of work.

Registration is free and open to all.


Ken Jacobs
Chair, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Co-editor, When Mandates Work: Raising Labor Standards at the Local Level


Cecilia Muñoz
, @cecmunoz
Senior Advisor, New America
Former Director, Domestic Policy Council, Obama White House
MacArthur Fellow

Kung Feng, @jwjsf
Executive Director
Jobs with Justice San Francisco

Mary L. Gray, @marylgray
Faculty Affiliate Fellow, Harvard University
Co-author, Ghost Work
MacArthur Fellow

Vikrum Aiyer, @VikrumAiyer
Deputy Director, Economic & Gender Justice Division, ACLU
Commissioner, San Francisco Mayor’s Workforce Investment Board
Former Vice President of Policy, Postmates


Autumn McDonald
, @Autumn_McDo
Senior Fellow & Head of New America CA

Made possible by the generosity of the MacArthur Foundation.