Lorena Gonzalez Calls Out Uber CEO for Exploiting Pandemic to Undercut Worker Protections

Monday, March 23, 2020

SACRAMENTO – (Monday, March 23, 2020) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales (D-San Diego) issued the following statement in response to a request made today by Uber’s CEO that President Donald Trump exempt the multi-billion dollar corporation from federal and state labor laws:

“This proposal is a bail-out for companies like Uber that creates a substandard class of workers without the benefits and protections that employees are entitled to under existing law. It shifts Uber’s massive tax obligations onto law-abiding businesses and taxpayers, forcing the public to shoulder the cost when misclassified workers are left without an adequate safety net. During a time when workers in this country are facing unprecedented economic uncertainty and hardship, this dangerous proposal would undoubtedly lead to a race to the bottom as other companies also seek to shift their existing workforces into this substandard category.”

Read the full letter Assemblywoman Gonzalez wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today: Asm. Gonzalez Letter to Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader Schumer 3.23.20.pdf

For questions or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez, contact Sami Gallegos: samantha.gallegos@asm.ca.gov