California Continues To Wreck The Gig Economy... For Writers

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Leroy N. Soetoro

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Nov 4, 2019, 6:55:16 PM11/4/19
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There seem to be another one of these stories cropping up every week. The
state of California has been waging a war on the gig economy for quite a
while now and they may wind up winning, assuming they can drive the
companies involved (along with most of their workers) out of the state.
Uber, Lyft and Airbnb are the state government’s favorite targets, but
there are other, smaller services feeling the pinch as well. Also, writers
are being shut out by these recent actions.

At Forbes, Paco Freire takes a deep dive into the impact this is having on
the economy and the affected workers. What Governor Gavin Newsom is really
doing is driving California’s share of a national “freelancing” boom
(adding up to nearly a trillion dollars) out of the state’s economy with
few discernable benefits to anyone. And all of this activity centers on
the recently passed Assembly Bill 5 (AB5).

According to the Freelancing in America survey, there is a reported 57
million American freelancers contributing an excess of $1 trillion dollars
to the economy each year. Recent data shows more than 75% of freelancers
are working independently by choice. Due to the accessibility of apps and
sites like Upwork, Instacart and Uber, to name a few, people can work on
terms they prefer and accept opportunities that feel right for them.

If freelancers are reclassified as employees, they’ll have to trade in
their freedom for structure, potentially losing their ability to set their
own hours. Of course, that’s only if the company chooses to continue the
relationship and convert them into an employee. Lorena Gonzalez, author of
Assembly Bill 5, insists the goal of this law is “to create new good jobs
and a livable, sustainable wage job.” Supporters emphasize the benefits
and protections gig workers will receive such as health care subsidies and
a guaranteed $12 state minimum hourly wage, but fail to address the
consequences of the new law.

Most of our focus when dealing with this subject in the past has been on
car services like Uber and Lyft or Airbnb. But Forbes highlights another
sector of the economy that’s taking a hit. Freelance writers (a subject I
personally should have been more in touch with) are falling into the same
trap as drivers and people renting out spare rooms. The new law only
allows freelance writers to submit 35 items for publication per year
before they must be classified as an “employee” of the publishing outlet
and receive full benefits.

For any of you who have worked as freelance writers, you know that the cap
is incredibly low here. Those with full-time writing jobs may occasionally
pump out a couple of articles per month for other outlets to make some
extra cash and they won’t be affected. (I do that myself.) But there are
many writers who do nothing but freelance work, either because they can’t
find a full-time gig or they simply prefer the freedom that life offers.
Those folks may be sending out 35 submissions every month in the hope of
getting a decent amount of them accepted.

Under these new rules and the “ABC Test” they impose, publishers will
either cut back significantly on the number of pieces they accept from
freelancers or do away with them altogether, perhaps in favor of hiring
one more full-time writer. And what will the freelancers do at that point?
If they’re smart, they’ll give up on California, pull up stakes and head
to a new location offering more freedom to structure their work schedule
as they please. And considering how many writers are fighting for jobs
writing in Hollywood, that could make for a significant exodus of talent
and the taxes they pay.

The L.A. Times was sounding the alarm earlier this year in terms of this
exodus. The state is currently experiencing its slowest population growth
in history. The only reason they’re not technically losing population is
the high numbers of “international migrants” flooding into the state. The
net migration of people moving in from or out to other American states has
been negative for the past five years, as more and more middle-class
workers simply can’t afford the cost of living there.

Well done, Governor Newsom. You’re well on your way to gutting your own
state and refilling it with people who are the least likely to drive the
economy upward.



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--
No collusion - Special Counsel Robert Swan Mueller III, March 2019.

Donald J. Trump, 304 electoral votes to 227, defeated compulsive liar in
denial Hillary Rodham Clinton on December 19th, 2016. The clown car
parade of the democrat party ran out of gas and got run over by a Trump
truck.

Congratulations President Trump. Thank you for cleaning up the disaster
of the Obama presidency.

The Obama-led Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)
approved Uranium One in fall 2010. With a little luck, we'll see
compulsive liar Hillary Clinton in jail before she dies.

Under Barack Obama's leadership, the United States of America became the
The World According To Garp.

Obama increased total debt from $10 trillion to $20 trillion in the eight
years he was in office, and sold out heterosexuals for Hollywood queer
liberal democrat donors.

Just Wondering

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Nov 4, 2019, 8:54:09 PM11/4/19
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U.S. Constitution, Article I Section 10: "No State shall pass any
Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts". Any law which enlarges,
abridges, or in any manner changes the intention of the parties,
resulting from the stipulations in the contract, necessarily impairs it.

It sounds like the Government of Kalifornia seeks to exert control
over the means of production - a decidedly socialist concept.

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