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> Senate lawmakers passed a controversial bill, known as AB 5, on Tuesday evening, after months of uproar from businesses and gig companies like Uber and Lyft. The bill will require businesses to hire workers as employees, not independent contractors, with some exceptions. That will give hundreds of thousands of California workers basic labor rights for the first time.

vox.com/2019/9/11/20850878/cal

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@garbados this goes into my brain under the category of "wait why was this not already how it's set up"

@ben yeah really 🙃

the NLRB even issued a decision that intentionally misclassifying employees as contractors to avoid paying them due benefits is fine, actually, in what seemed like a preemptive strike against AB5.

@garbados
What power does nlrb have? I haven't heard about them until your message.
@ben

@garbados @ben If I understand your comment correctly, then the fact that it's toothless is actually a good thing in this case, yes?

@loke @ben no, it's a bad thing, because labor laws go unenforced and workers go unprotected

@loke @ben the enemies of labor 1) control the NLRB 2) want the NLRB to be toothless

but that's a pretty common problem in US government

@garbados @ben So the problem is two-fold? One is that the they are toothless, and the other one is that even if it wasn't toothless, their decisions fly in the face of labour protection?

Seems like they need to be replaced altogether. But that's not something that seems likely in the current US political climate.

@loke @ben as we say in the states, "we are trapped in the belly of a beast that is bleeding to death" 🇺🇸

@garbados @ben I've always found it interesting how so many people in the US tend to vote against their own best interests. I've hear arguments that the propaganda is really strong there, but that can't really be the whole story?

@loke @ben it’s complicated. the propaganda is really strong, like hundreds of years of social conditioning and flagrant information manipulation with a fully complicit media sphere, and you rarely get the opportunity to vote *for* your interests because neither reigning party actually cares about anyone but their donors. were folks voting against their interests by voting for trump? yes. and for clinton? also yes, but to a more polite and normal degree.

@garbados Also I read today that Uber fired like 440 people after reporting "losses running into millions".

@tagomago in Q2 they lost ~$5 billion. those layoffs are intense.

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