In a last minute effort to prevent the passage of California Assembly Bill 5 (AB-5), which would guarantee gig workers a minimum wage, among other rights, Uber and Lyft are circulating petitions to keep drivers as independent contractors.
According to Tech Crunch, AB-5 would guarantee gig workers receive minimum wage, worker's compensation, and other benefits.
In Uber's petition, the company outlined a policy that would offer drivers $21 per hour while on a trip, paid time off, sick leave, worker's compensation, and the ability to "have a collective voice with rideshare companies, and the ability to influence decisions about their work."
Last month, Uber drivers protested outside of Uber's headquarters in support of AB-5 and their desire to unionize.
Uber and Lyft have said they support the bill's goal to protect workers, but disagree on reclassifying drivers as employees.