Charter schools, gig workers, the Kochs, the streets of L.A., and a lobbyist who made a difference
Good morning, California.
“Any suggestion that this administration isn’t aggressively fighting for the right of workers to organize and earn higher wages—including ride share drivers—is flat-wrong. The reality is that these drivers have no voice under federal law. The only path for them to join together and form a union is if California steps in.”—Ann O’Leary, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s chief of staff.
- O’Leary issued the statement a day after the Newsom administration disinvited Robbie Hunter, head of the State Building & Construction Trades Council, from serving on the governor’s Future of Work Commission.
- Hunter and O’Leary argued over whether gig workers should be classified as employees, independent contractors, or some third type of worker.
- O’Leary is the daughter of a labor leader.
See you tomorrow.