By Steven Hill, Los Angeles Times, February 17, 2023
California‘s Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the oldest member of Congress, announced her retirement this week effective next year, which will end a remarkable career of leading on key issues such as gun control and environmental protection. In a less polarized era, her moderate politics sometimes allowed her to bridge the gap between the parties on tough issues.…
Following the labor movement’s defeat by Uber over gig drivers in California’s Proposition 22, key unions appear ready to imitate a weak version of Germany’s sectoral bargaining as a desperate compromise.
In September 2019, California passed a law, known as AB 5, that gave gig workers and other types of freelancers/solo self-employed workers the legal standing of employees.…
by Steven Hill and Larry Diamond, CalMatters, May 4, 2021
It’s game on for the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom. The gubernatorial recall in 2003 that struck California like an earthquake seems like ancient history, so here is a quick recap in a bid to help California do it better than the last time.…
By Steven Hill, Fortune, Dec. 19, 2020
What would a safety net look like for gig workers in the Internet-based economy?
It would provide health insurance, naturally, and a retirement plan, sick leave, and injured worker and unemployment compensation. And it would be equitable and portable: A person working part-time for different companies would have robust benefits that travel with them from job-to- job. …
By Steven Hill, Naked Capitalism, October 16, 2020
Like so much about politics today, the debate around Uber and Lyft’s Proposition 22 in California has quickly become polarized. Simplistic media narratives like “Silicon Valley versus labor unions,” or Uber’s self-serving argument that its drivers prefer flexibility over security, leave voters confused and torn.…
by Steven Hill, American Prospect, August 19, 2020
The vice-presidential nominee did little as a state and local prosecutor as Uber and Lyft rose to prominence. Now California wants to force drivers to be treated as employees, and Harris appears to be on board—for now.
Family gatherings at Kamala Harris’s house are about to get a lot more interesting.…
By Steven Hill, Hans Böckler Stiftung, Dec 11, 2019
A new pro-labor law in California closes worker misclassification loophole and inspires labor advocates around the world.
Workers in California recently received a major boost with the passage of a landmark labor law. The state of California passed Assembly Bill 5 (abbreviated AB5), that requires most companies, including app-based companies like Uber and Lyft, to treat “independent contract” workers as employees.…
By Steven Hill, California Journal of Politics & Policy, Volume 2, Issue 2, 2010
Jointly published by New America
“Every man, and every body of men on earth, possesses the right of self-government…I am not among those who fear the people.” –Thomas Jefferson
“This representative assembly should be in miniature an exact portrait of the people at large. …