Date: April 16, 2021
Contact: Geoff Vetter, (916) 634-9051
press@protectdriversandservices.com

Civil Justice, Community, Small Business, Public Safety  Organizations and Technology Platforms Announce Relaunched Coalition to Protect App-Based Drivers + Services in California 

Coalition Actively Engaged to Protect and Preserve the Availability of  App-Based Work and Services and to Uphold the Will Of Voters 

Sacramento, CA – A growing coalition of nearly 40 community, civil justice, public safety, small business, technology platforms, and other organizations today announced they have relaunched the Protect App-Based Drivers & Services (PADS) Coalition. Many of these organizations were involved in the campaign to pass Proposition 22 in 2020, which was approved by nearly 60  percent of California voters.

The PADS Coalition will actively engage the public, lawmakers and others to uphold the will of  California’s voters who overwhelmingly approved Prop 22. The PADS Coalition will also engage at the state and local level to protect access to independent, app-based work, and preserve the availability, affordability, and reliability of on-demand app-based rideshare and delivery services that are essential to California’s economy.

As an immediate priority, the coalition is actively working to oppose legislation that would restrict access to app-based work and services such as Assembly Bill 286, which would impose unworkable new regulations on app-based delivery services that would raise consumer prices,  decrease customers for restaurants, and reduce earning opportunities for drivers.

A complete list of the coalition’s guiding principles can be found here. They include:

  • Respect the Will of Voters: PADS will strongly defend Prop 22 in the courts, in the Legislature, before local governments, and with regulators to uphold the will of California voters and deliver on the promise to app-based drivers.

  • Protect App-Based Work: PADS will oppose legislation, regulations, local ordinances, and lawsuits that would undermine Prop 22, legally disadvantage drivers, jeopardize driver independence, or threaten the availability and accessibility of app-based work.

  • Protect App-Based Services: PADS will work with lawmakers to support policies that safeguard and expand the availability of app-based rideshare and delivery services.

“LULAC Council #3288 is proud to be part of the PADS Coalition to protect the historic progress achieved by Prop 22,” said David Cruz, President of LULAC Council #3288. “App-based services continue to provide the freedom and protection for countless individuals in the Latino community in California that rely on app-based platforms to earn an income, support their families, and nurture their communities. That is something that we will unequivocally continue to  support and defend.”

“Prop 22 was passed by an overwhelming majority of California voters for a reason, and the  California Black Chamber of Commerce is proud to stand with this coalition, for the long term, to fight against any legislation, such as AB 286, that aims to revert the will of the voters,” said Jay  King, President of the California Black Chamber of Commerce. “Hundreds of thousands of drivers, independent contractors, restaurants, merchants, and small mom-and-pop establishments rely on app-based services to generate revenue and create jobs in these incredibly challenging economic times. By joining the PADS Coalition we are renewing our  commitment to protecting California app-based jobs and services and the vital role they play in  our state.”

“More than 110,000 drivers joined with this coalition in 2020 to pass the historic Prop 22,  protecting independent work, providing new levels of protections and benefits for drivers and ensuring that app-based rideshare and delivery continue to exist in California,” said Jim Pyatt,  an app-based rideshare driver from Modesto. “Yet the politicians and special interests are already back attempting to undermine the voters and the progress we made. Drivers are proud  to stand with this diverse, influential coalition to protect our jobs and services.”

The following organizations have joined the PADS Coalition as of date. The coalition is rapidly  growing:

Community Advocates 

  • Asian Industry B2B

  • Baptist Ministers Alliance of Southern California and Los Angeles • Califia National Organization for Women (NOW) Chapter Taskforce • Congress on Racial Equality (CORE)

  • International Faith Based Coalition

  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #3288 • Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches

  • National Action Network – Los Angeles

  • National Action Network – Sacramento

  • National Asian American Coalition

  • National Diversity Coalition

Business and Taxpayer 

  • CalAsian Chamber of Commerce

  • California Black Chamber of Commerce

  • California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • California Taxpayers Association (CalTax)

  • California Taxpayers Protection Committee

  • Bay Area Council

  • Brea Chamber of Commerce

  • Central City Association of Los Angeles

  • Central Valley Business Federation

  • Culver City Chamber of Commerce

  • Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed)

  • National Taxpayers Union

  • Oceanside Chamber of Commerce

  • Orange County Business Council

  • Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • Placer County Taxpayers Association

  • Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce

  • Silicon Valley Leadership Group

  • Southwest California Legislative Council

  • The Silicon Valley Organization

  • Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA)

Public Safety 

  • California College & University Police Chiefs Association

  • California Council on Alcohol Problems

  • California Narcotics Officers Association

  • Coalition of Public Safety Officers and Support Services

  • Crime Survivors PAC

Consumer Advocates 

  • Consumer Choice Center

Technology 

  • Uber/Postmates

  • Lyft

  • DoorDash

  • Instacart

About Protect App-Based Drivers & Services (PADS) Coalition 

The Protect App-Based Drivers & Services (PADS) coalition, formerly the Yes on Prop 22  coalition, is continuing to engage to ensure the will of California voters is upheld; to protect access to independent, app-based jobs; and to preserve the availability, affordability and reliability of on-demand app-based rideshare and delivery services that are essential to  Californians and our economy.

Proposition 22 was supported by 59% of California voters, 120,000 drivers, and a diverse coalition of more than 140 groups including social justice, senior, community, business, veterans and many others.

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