Instacart, Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and DoorDash totally conned you into paying for Prop 22 – The Verge
Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, Instacart, and Postmates spent over $200 million campaigning for Proposition 22, the most expensive ballot measure in California history, successfully convincing voters that they couldn’t properly pay and protect their workers if they were forced to classify them as full employees — at least, not without cutting back service or substantially raising the price you’d pay.
But now the dust has settled, every single gig economy company that backed Prop 22 has raised those prices anyway. Instacart was the last to join the bait-and-switch today, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Carolyn Said, who previously told us in January exactly how much some of these companies are charging Californians to pay for worker benefits: $1-$2 per meal with Uber, $1.50 with Grubhub, up to $1.50 per ride with Lyft, and a whole additional 3 percent increase per order with Instacart (for a total of 8 percent, though it doesn’t apply to the company’s “Express” subscription plan yet). Postmates is charging as much as $2.50 extra per order, our sister site Eater reported.
Instacart threatened price increases if they lost Prop 22.
Now that they won, they’re raising them anyway.
Gig corporations have no shame.
We cannot let them roll this horrible law out to other States. pic.twitter.com/FAF9LJ91yA
— Gig Workers Rising (@GigWorkersRise) February 19, 2021
Instead of paying their workers, gig corporations pumped $200M to pass prop 22, claiming the worker protections guaranteed under the