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Uber, Lyft, DoorDash Put $90 Million to Possible Ballot War (2)

Aug. 30, 2019, 1:14 PMUpdated: Aug. 30, 2019, 1:01 PM

Uber Technologies Inc., Lyft Inc., and DoorDash Inc. are putting $90 million behind a ballot measure strategy to ensure they don’t have to reclassify their California workers as employees.

Ride-hailing and food-delivery companies that rely on contractors who aren’t guaranteed employment protections like overtime and unionization have been scrambling to address the threat posed by a state legislative proposal that would make it much harder to claim their workers aren’t employees.

Assembly Bill 5 passed the state Assembly in May and is poised to go to Governor Gavin Newsom next month if it clears the Senate. The legislation would codify ...