How Race Was Central to Prop 22
Paris Marx is joined by Veena Dubal to discuss how Proposition 22 and the contract status of gig workers is reminiscent of the United States’ history of racial wage codes, which codified lower wages for Black workers.
Veena Dubal is a Professor of Law at UC Hastings. Follow Veena on Twitter at @veenadubal. Go back to episode 10 (May 21, 2020) for Veena’s first appearance on the podcast.
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- Read Veena’s essay on The New Racial Wage Code.
- Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois had opposing philosophies for Black social and economic progress.
- Robert C. Weaver and David Roediger wrote about differential wages.
- Uber put up a billboard saying, “If you tolerate racism, delete Uber.” Drivers were not happy.
- Uber and Lyft held up workers’ unemployment claims, and Lyft charged for PPE.
- After Prop 22, gig companies raised fees despite promising not to, and workers reported earning even less money.
- In August, Prop 22 was found to be unconstitutional.
- New York City recently passed new protections for delivery couriers after organizing by Los Deliveristas Unidos.
- Find out more about Rideshare Drivers United.