Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez said Thursday that she used AB1727 to draw attention to workers who cannot negotiate their pay or working conditions.READ MORE: Puppy Stolen From Vehicle In San Francisco; Suspect Refuses To Cooperate
Federal law does not extend collective bargaining rights to independent contractors like architects, masseuses or workers dispatched through mobile applications like Uber and Lyft.READ MORE: Bay Area COVID-19 Roundup: Crimes Linked To Lockdown-Violating Underground Gatherings; Santa Clara Relaxes Outdoor Gathering Rules
The San Diego Democrat and union supporters say those workers deserve the benefits that come with being classified as regular employees.
Thirty-two state and national business organizations opposed the bill. They argue the broad proposal would hurt businesses and jeopardize the use of independent contractors.MORE NEWS: Los Altos Hills Man Arrested For Child Porn Possession, Distribution
Gonzalez says it won’t pass this year and she’ll make changes before trying again.