By Walt Hickey Welcome back! Prop 22 California is voting on Proposition 22, a ballot initiative that would carve out an exemption for rideshare and delivery workers in the AB-5 law that exempts the companies from paying a minimum wage. It’d remove their eligibility for unemployment insurance, overtime, and sick leave, and most significantly, it’d do so pretty much permanently, as any amendment would require a seven-eighths majority vote in the legislature to pass. This is rapidly becoming the marquee election in the state of California, which remains fond of plebiscites long after even the ancient Greeks were like, “ah jeez, we gotta tap the brakes on that.” The campaign fighting Prop 22 and upholding the unemployment law as it stands has been funded with $10 million, while rideshare and delivery startups have contributed
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