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CA Assembly Votes to Protect Mom-and-Pop Restaurants and Groceries from Gig Company Greed

Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today applauded the California State Assembly’s approval of AB 286 (Gonzalez), which would protect small community and family-run restaurants and grocery stores by providing much-needed transparency on fees charged by third-party food delivery companies. The following statement may be attributed to Amber Baur, executive director, UFCW Western States Council:

“The pandemic hit our small community and family-run restaurants and grocery stores extremely hard, and greedy gig companies like GrubHub, DoorDash, Postmates, Instacart, and UberEats have compounded that financial instability with their greed. During the pandemic, family-run restaurants turned to app-based delivery companies for a lifeline, but now that lifeline is causing them to drown. App companies exploit both food sellers and delivery drivers, extracting exorbitant profits at every point of the sale. AB 286 will shine a light on where fees and consumers’ tips are going when they place an order through these platforms and ensure drivers’ tips are protected. For too long, greedy gig companies have relied on the fact that they won’t be held accountable for shady business practices and we applaud the California Assembly for supporting this key bill to reform this industry.”

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May 13, 2021

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