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Lyft declared Thursday its ceasing functions in California, yanking the rug out from underneath its riders and drivers in the region.
Beginning at 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursday, consumers will no for a longer period be capable to guide rides in California. That will indicate less options for individuals with no entry to community transportation or a private automobile, and it will necessarily mean that people who drive for Lyft will be without having that profits for the foreseeable long run. And suitable on cue, Lyft is taking this possibility to blame regional legislators and solicit votes in favor of Proposition 22, which goes to vote in November.
“We never want to suspend operations,” the firm mentioned in its announcement of the measure. “We are heading to hold up the combat for a benefits product that works for all motorists and our riders. We have put in hundreds of several hours meeting with policymakers and labor leaders to craft an different proposal for motorists that incorporates a minimum amount earnings guarantee, mileage reimbursement, a overall health treatment subsidy, and occupational incident insurance, without having the unfavorable consequences.”
What Lyft doesn’t point out here is that impartial contractors would not, beneath Proposition 22, acquire the full added benefits and protections afforded underneath total-time staff status—benefits that Uber and Lyft have manufactured very clear they do not want to fork out for. As of this producing, Uber experienced not introduced that it would also be ceasing functions in favor of creating a community spectacle and upending transportation accessibility in California, but it has explained it strategies to.
This is the cowardly, shitty point to do—and Lyft fucking knows it.
Correction: Lyft will end operations at just ahead of midnight, not midday as said in an earlier draft of this report. We regret the mistake.