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Legislature Supports Basic Protections for Gig Economy Workers

Sacramento, CA – The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council today applauded the California Senate for supporting AB 5 (Gonzalez), which upholds the California Supreme Court Dynamex decision, ensuring workers receive basic protections, including minimum wage, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation, under the law.

“All workers in California deserve a good job with a safe workplace where they can make enough to support their family,” said President John Grant of UFCW 770. “That’s why UFCW members across the state support AB 5 to prevent mega-rich companies from misclassifying workers to cut costs and avoid providing workers basic labor protections. Forcing workers to bear the risk if they are injured on the job so their employer can get richer goes against California’s high standard for worker rights.”

“We’re glad the California Senate supported AB 5 and prevented companies from intentionally undermining worker stability and security,” said Jacques Loveall, President, UFCW Local 8-Golden State. “Employee status will provide more of California’s workers with a safety net when they get sick, are harassed or hurt at work or laid off. UFCW members look forward to working with Governor Gavin Newsom to ensure California’s workers have access to basic labor protections and benefits that all workers deserve.”

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September 10, 2019

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