November 5, 2020
In response to California’s passage of Proposition 22, the Coalition to Protect Independent Workers (CTPIW) shared the following statement:
“This week, close to seven million voters from across the ideological spectrum in America’s biggest state sent a powerful message about the importance of independent workers in our economy and the need to preserve flexibility and independence for workers while ensuring they have portable benefits. In passing Proposition 22, Californians have highlighted the need for a new approach that will do just that. But there are millions more workers across the United States who need help too and it’s time for the federal government to step up and address this on the federal level.
As the country battles COVID-19 and works to recover, it has become clear that independent workers are powering all parts of our economy and keeping countless families and communities afloat, especially communities of color. Yet they are being hampered by our antiquated national labor laws and denied the opportunity of receiving portable benefits. The pandemic has changed the way we work, but we haven’t changed the rules to help people who are independent workers, and we must if we want to get the country back on track.
Democrats, Republicans and independents agree on the need to provide benefits to independent workers without taking away the independence they rely on. We need more bipartisan solutions from Washington. Now is the time for Congress to update our antiquated labor laws to reflect the new reality and give our economy the ability to build back stronger.”
The CTPIW is a coalition of citizen, community and business groups, think tanks, advocacy and social justice organizations representing millions of American workers and participants in the independent work economy who believe that America needs a new vision for workers as we fight the pandemic and adjust to a new economic reality.
Learn more at ctpiw.org.