Demand Governor Newsom protect independent workers.

Dear Governor:

The coronavirus pandemic is impacting Black and Hispanic communities—resulting in everything from devastating health and safety issues to unemployment and bankruptcy. Without immediate, focused action by state and federal leaders, COVID-19 will force millions of Black and Brown American families into poverty.

We are asking that you follow the recommendation from the California State Fair Shake Commission, whose mandate is to aid in economic recovery. They laid out key principles to level the playing field for all workers, including extending basic worker protections such as minimum wage, unemployment, and worker’s compensation to contract and independent workers; creating portable benefit structures for healthcare, retirement, and other benefits; and allowing labor unions to organize and represent independent workers in bargaining for compensation and other benefits.

This is the right approach, and I’m asking you to champion it.

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