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Leftists Should Listen to Both Sides on Freelancer Law in California

Leftists Should Listen to Both Sides on Freelancer Law in California
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By with Michael R. Shannon
Saturday, 04 January 2020 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Dennis Prager contends that one reason the left continues to enact failed policies is that leftists are not judged on the results of their policy. Instead they are judged on the intent of their policy, which is grading on a big curve, to put it mildly.

But for some politicians in California, judgement is coming more quickly and it’s not favorable.

We wrote last week about leftist legislators passing a new law — Assembly Bill 5 — that magically made independent contractors into employees. As formerly supportive publication Vox put it, “The bill makes it harder for Uber, Lyft and other gig economy companies to continue treating their workers as contractors instead of employees.”

We say formerly supportive because Vox writers learned to their dismay that ignorant politicians blundering about in the marketplace can have disastrous unintended consequences. Hundreds of formerly paid Vox freelancers were turned into unemployed former freelancers. Details here.

And freelance writers aren’t alone. This week a California judge issued an injunction preventing the law from affecting independent truckers. AP reports, “U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego granted a temporary restraining order sought by the California Trucking Association while he considers imposing a permanent injunction.

“He said the association is likely to eventually prevail on its argument that the state law violates federal law. He also ruled the truckers would otherwise be likely to suffer irreparable harm, and that temporarily blocking the law from applying to truckers is in the public interest.”

The intention of the law was to hit gig-economy companies suffering from bad PR, most notably Uber, Lyft, Doordash, and Postmates. The result was widespread economic collateral damage and lawsuits.

Uber and Doordash have filed suit along with truckers, freelance photographers, and freelance writers. The truckers are particularly angry because, “The trucking association said many truckers would have to abandon $150,000 investments in clean trucks and the right to set their own schedules in order for companies to comply with a law the group says illegally infringes on interstate commerce.”

So what’s up? Why don’t these workers want to be rescued by benevolent politicians in Sacramento? Much of it stems from the fact the politicians are only listening to labor activists and union officials who know organizing employees is much easier than organizing freelance contractors. Union officials also contribute millions to Democrat politicians, while freelance workers simply don’t.

And in politics money talks. Hence the push to make the companies treat independent workers as full-time employees. Politicians can claim a win when it comes time to solicit more campaign money from unions and union organizers can point to their influence with politicians in getting worker ‘protections’ while they attempt to organize the new group of ‘employees.’

This closed loop ignored the wishes of those who don’t want to be forced into the left’s one-size-fits-all employment situation and the companies that can’t afford it. That’s why this law’s intentions aren’t compensating (pun intended) for its negative results.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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