- A person who works is being productive.
- A person who works is looking for better opportunity.
- A person who works has the respect of loved ones.
- A person who works is improving skills.
- A person who works is bettering character.
- A person who works is benefitting others.
- A person who works stays out of harms way.
- A person who works has well deserved pride.
- A person who works faces life’s struggles.
- A person who works has hope.
I used to drive a cab as an independent contractor in Berkeley. During the so-called "great-recession," teaching work in education collapsed. I began work on a secondary degree; however, in time, I needed quick money, so I signed up for a vehicle lease as a rookie cab driver. I was able to earn cash and study while waiting for my next call. Receiving tips felt great and conversing with people made the job worthwhile. That was my gig job, even though it was not an actual gig job. The non-privileged make it through effort and finding a way. There is no lore more apple pie American and true.
The gig economy grants the working person opportunity for sustenance and advancement by providing an avenue for immediate cash. For those moving forward in life, there will be times when easy money is needed. With a mind on school or a plan to accomplish financial goals, extra cash is a reason to rejoice. Economic advancement is a principal reason for immigration to the United States. When I first began to build the East Oakland Times publishing company, I noticed many newish small-sized four-door cars with Uber or Lyft stickers on the streets of East Oakland. For the working poor, opportunities for quick and reliable cash are lifelines and security.
There is an effort to make unskilled labor equivalent to skilled labor; there are significant differences. The word "price" facilitates a comparison of the two. The skilled laborer pays the price in time and effort to become qualified. The employer pays a higher monetary price for the economic productivity of the skilled laborer. The unskilled laborer pays a little price for the skills needed for a particular employment effort. In turn, the employer pays a lower monetary price for unskilled labor.
Through overreaching labor regulation, the State of California diminishes the affordability of services that will benefit the lower classes and reduces available employment. Higher prices naturally decrease the pool of buyers. An expensive service will fall into the hands of fewer people and generally employ fewer people.
Such misanthropic policy overreach is the opposite of progress. Progress in economic terms means more value for less expense. Purchasing power increases. More people can afford goods formerly exclusive to the wealthy. General productivity increases. Consider the computer's evolution from machines requiring warehouse space to an item in all of our pockets. Economic progress does wonders for society and is the keenest available cure for poverty.
Remember the glory days not too long ago of Uber and Lyft coming on the scene? The ability to get from one place to another for a few dollars was fantastic. The low price encouraged the use of their transportation services. People not accustomed to calling cabs because of the pricey city regulated rate called on gig workers to drive them around town - a new industry emerged! Drinking and driving decreased. Non-drivers could get errands done for less and thereby have more for wants or needs. A trusted driver or driving service could transport children. Competition for drivers was healthy and benefits of varying types encouraged drivers to sign-up. New industries arose to provide rented vehicles to people without cars that wanted to work in the gig industry. All of these benefits were exciting and promising to have-nots looking for opportunities. All of this productivity and exchange came into being by choice, voluntary agreement.
For California to survive, all classes of people are needed. Some people will stay in service work and make a life of it. Other people will use it as a stepping stone. What people do with their lives is not the business of the government or others to concern themselves. People do what they do for personal reasons and the best moral practice is to allow that to happen. Repeal AB5!
PS: Please note AB5 allows the following big dollar professions to operate under the old labor law (Borello.) These adults and their profit motives can regulate themselves while the rest of us need the state’s protection:
A physician and surgeon, dentist, podiatrist, psychologist, or veterinarian licensed by the State of California
An individual who holds an active license from the State of California and is practicing one of the following recognized professions: lawyer, architect, engineer, private investigator, or accountant.
Paper deliverers also got a exception but that required a new law (AB-170) that is set to expire (Jan 1, 2021)
More information on AB5:
The two articles below from opposing politics acknowledge that AB5 regulates to create union benefit.
The below link offers an in favor gloss to a decent overview of AB5:
San Francisco Chronicle: AB5 gig work bill: All your questions answered
The below links a fair while finger-wagging opinion piece on AB5:
Los Angeles Times: Commentary: New freelance law AB5 illustrates what’s wrong with the Democratic super-majority in Sacramento