Human Capital: The battle over the fate of gig workers continues

Welcome back to Human Capital, where we unpack the latest in tech labor and diversity and inclusion. This week, we’re looking at the latest developments in the battle over the classification of gig workers, the rise of labor unions in tech and and Instagram’s latest move to be woke.
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Gig Work

Both sides of Prop 22 are going full steam ahead in their efforts to sway California voters. Uber, Lyft, Instacart and DoorDash each committed another $17.5 million to Yes on Prop 22 last Friday, according to a late contributions filing
As of August 24, the Yes on 22 campaign had contributed just north of $110 million while the No on 22 campaign had put $4.6 million into its efforts. The latest influx of cash brings Yes on 22’s total contributions to more than $180 million. Of all the measures on this November’s ballot, Yes on Prop 22 has received the most contributions, according to California’s Fair Political Practices Commission
Bastian Lehman, CEO of Postmates, also penned an op-ed on CNN about gig workers and how there needs to be a third classification of workers, which is essentially what Prop 22 is pushing. 
Meanwhile rideshare drivers took to the streets of Oakland, Calif. to protest Uber’s ads and Prop 22. 

We’re grateful to @nikki4oakland, @carroll_fife, and all the other community leaders who came out today to stand with drivers.
On November 3rd, support workers and vote #NoOnProp22.
— VoteNoOnProp22 (@GigWorkersRise) September 9, 2020
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