SACRAMENTO — The Yes on 22 campaign is unveiling a new slate of ads to appear on social media focused on the small businesses and consumers who rely on rideshare and app-based delivery services amidst the pandemic. In addition to drivers, customers and small business owners have been among the strongest Yes on 22 supporters.
Two 30-second ads—“Fired Up” and “The Morris”—feature testimonials from California restaurant owners about the importance of app-based delivery services in keeping their restaurants afloat.
The second two—“Sabrina” and “Louis”—feature Californians with disabilities who rely on app-based rideshare services to get where they need to go.
“Having these app-based delivery services to deliver food has definitely been helping us keep our doors open,” said Gavin Schmidt, co-owner of The Morris, a new American neighborhood restaurant in San Francisco. “That’s why restaurants throughout California support Prop 22.”
“Rideshare changed my life. It let me go anywhere, anytime,” said Sabrina Schroeder, an app-based rideshare customer from Glendale. “Yes on 22 protects app-based services that the disabled community relies on. Public transportation only goes so many places, so rideshare services are critical for people like me. More drivers on the road keeps rideshare accessible and affordable for people with disabilities. We need reliable access to these services.”
“With [app-based drivers and delivery services] help, we’re feeding our community and staying afloat,” said Andrew Shinn, head chef and owner of Saucy Asian. “That’s why I’m 100% behind Prop 22. It keeps Californians working. Small businesses need help, drivers need work, and customers need deliveries.”
“Being blind has never stopped me,” said Louis Herrera, a rideshare user in the San Fernando Valley. “I love using rideshare services. I go anywhere, anytime. Please, vote yes on Prop 22.”
About Proposition 22
An independent study confirms an employment model would reduce the availability and affordability of rideshare and delivery services in California and eliminate up to 900,000 app-based jobs, a reduction of between 80-90 percent of drivers currently driving today. Without Proposition 22, if an employment model were forced on app-based drivers:
- Rideshare costs would increase for consumers by at least 25.9% and as much as 100% in some markets—meaning that a typical $15 ride across town would cost between $19 and $30;
- Food and grocery delivery costs would increase by at least 35.2% and potentially double in some markets;
- An increase in wait times and a decrease in reliability for customers—meaning an average wait time for rideshare of 7 minutes may double to 14 minutes, and food/grocery delivery of 40 minutes may double to 1 hour and 20 minutes or more; and
- A reduction of the customer base—meaning little or no service to most Californians living in rural or suburban areas of the state.
This will come at the worst possible time, when California is facing high unemployment and when app-based work opportunities will provide a lifeline for people to earn income. In addition, more than 71 percent of app-based drivers want to remain independent contractors, despite efforts by politicians to force them to become employees.
Proposition 22 would ensure driver flexibility, by protecting the ability of California’s one million app-based drivers to choose to work as independent contractors while providing new earning guarantees and benefits. These include:
- Prop 22 improves the quality of app-based work by requiring app-based platforms to provide drivers:
- Guaranteed minimum earnings (120% of California minimum wage) plus compensation toward expenses
- Funding for new health benefits for drivers who work at least 15 hours a week
- Occupational accident insurance to cover injuries and illnesses on the job
- Protection against discrimination and sexual harassment
- Prop 22 implements strong new public safety protections:
- Recurring background checks of drivers
- Mandatory new safety courses for drivers
- Zero tolerance for alcohol and drug offenses
- Making it a crime to impersonate a driver