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[THREAD] Dear @PattyMurray , I received an email from you today earnestly asking for input. You wrote "I can’t tell you how important your voice is to me. What I hear from folks like you in Washington state drives everything I do in the other Washington." So I wrote you back...1/
Unfortunately, my email was returned undeliverable. Strange, since you so desire to hear from the public. So I thought I'd copy my letter here.
Senator Murray:
I am a one-issue voter.
I live in California under the crushing oppression of #AB5, now a.k.a #AB2257. 2/
This law has made California independent solo business owners like me ( I am a marketing consultant, writer and illustrator) unable to earn a living as before, because our clients and prospects understandably fear misclassification fines. 3/
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WOW!💥 Die #EU Richtlinie für gute #Arbeit auf #Plattformen, die heute vorgestellt wird, enthält richtig gute, fortschrittliche Regeln! Der europäische Gesetzgeber hat Dank Wissenschaft u Lobbyarbeit europ. Gewerkschaften viel von den Risiken verstanden. Ein #Thread
Erstmal die Zahlen: Die Kommission geht von 28 Mio. Menschen in der EU aus, die über Plattformen arbeiten, 2025 schon 43 Mio.!
9 von 10 Plattformen beschäftigen Selbstständige.
#Scheinselbstständigkeit wird als zentrales Problem benannt. #Arbeitsrecht wird so unterlaufen.
BREAKING ist, dass die Richtlinie tatsächlich vorsieht, die Beweislast umzukehren. 🔥 Das war eine der Forderungen von @dgb_news! Die Plattformen werden Sturm laufen dagegen. Es soll so funktionieren:
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Dear @GavinNewsom I sit here realizing that you are spending every day, fighting to keep your job, and the career you’ve built. You are trying to make the case that you should keep your job, and that’s a pretty terrible feeling. 1/
The irony is not lost on me that in early 2020, I was one of thousands of California freelancers, calling your office and the offices of my assembly person and senator, asking for help to keep my own livelihood, one I’d worked to build over a period of years, harmed by #AB5 2/
I called daily, wrote letters, took meetings with lawmakers explaining my #smallbusiness And while I got some sympathetic listening, there was no action taken to help professionals like myself from being cast aside. Frustrating as heck. 3/
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If you’re a freelancer or independent contractor, the #PROAct comes down to risk management. We have decent control over the risks in our business. Work hard, price right, diversify your clients/industries/skills and you’ll stay busy. 1/11

#NoPROAct #FightForFreelancers
But there are also exogenous risks. #Freelance clients disappear for a variety of reasons, many of them beyond our control. 2/11
Over the course of 22 years, I’ve lost biz to budget cuts, bankruptcies, PMs or editors who retired or moved to different companies, and full-time people hired to do the work I was doing as a #freelancer. Stuff happens. 3/11
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I truly don't understand why every employer, every Chamber of Commerce across the country isn't loudly opposing #PROAct. Our economy as we know it will cease to exist if it passes. If you're believing that #ABCTest doesn't completely do away w/ICs you're sorely mistaken
When #AB5 was signed into law I thought it didn't apply to me b/c I wasn't subject to CA's Wage Orders. It only applied to ppl subject to Wage Orders, @LorenaSGonzalez and @veenadubal assured everyone (I have receipts). They (a legislator and a law professor) were wrong.
They just said "whoops" and moved on. By relying on their tweets instead of reading the bill I wasn't prepped for msgs from clients on 12/27/19 that my contracts would b canceled 1/1/20 b/c of #AB5. Pls don't let this happen to you. Read the bill yourself.…
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Biden sort of campaigned on this, at least by publicly supporting #AB5 in California, so he certainly signaled that he’d be on board with it. So did Kamala.
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i don't get stressed easily but this is causing me so much stress.😭 the PRO act threatens people like myself who want to be full-time freelancers. i chose this path because i wanted more freedom in my life. i don't want that taken away! #FightForFreelancers #noproact #freelancer
i really hope the PRO act either doesn't pass or is amended. i'm so upset and scared right now. i don't want to be an employee. i am trying to move away from that. i chose to be independent. #FightForFreelancers #noproact #freelancer #freelancers #proact…
here is more info about how the PRO act hurts freelancers like me. does anyone care about people who WANT to freelance? we chose this! why aren't more people talking about this?!… #FightForFreelancers #noproact #freelancer #freelancers #proact
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Thread by @JessicaMeigs (THANK YOU THANK YOU!)

➡️ Hey #entrepreneurs, #TwitterMarketing, and ANYONE who is #selfemployed

‼️EVERYONE should know this information that's being buried in the news cycle:

‼️The PRO Act, or HR 842‼️👎

The voting date is scheduled for 03/08! (aka THIS Monday!)

🚨Remember the heavily OPPOSED smack-down that #California imposed on millions of #independentcontractors?

That they are ‼️STILL‼️ fighting? The law that says you cannot even do #Rideshare unless @uber, @lyft, @Grubhub
... EMPLOY you as an official employee of the company. 😱

Even IF they could afford to do that (and these companies have ALREADY said they CANNOT,) you could not:

🔸set your own schedule
🔸where you want to work
🔸or any other #sidehustle - GONE

Not sure if you’re in this 📦?
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Hello, freelancers/independent contractors and the people who hire us who are just now learning about the #PROAct. Are you still assuming this is “a California problem” or “freelance writers’ issue”? This is your wake up call. It’s a nationwide and cross-industry issue now. 1/6
Everyone in the U.S. who works or hires freelance needs to pay attention to this + quickly. This includes writers, publicists, per diem nurses, independent E.R. doctors, respiratory therapists, accountants, marketing specialists, graphic artists, photographers ... 2/6
video editors, website developers, interpreters, or musicians, et al.

Legislation introduced in the House and Senate contains an antiquated employment classification test which most professional independent contractors cannot pass. 3/6
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1/A thread re:the appointing a new Secretary of State to replace @AlexPadilla4CA & the likely problems if @GavinNewsom selects @LorenaSGonzalez

History: I was in the Assembly when Kevin Shelley resigned & @Schwarzenegger chose Bruce McPherson to replace him
2/ Kevin resigned after people "accused Shelley of abusive behavior toward his staff."

This followed the recall of Gray Davis. Republicans were happy to topple another state constitutional officer.

A similar "domino effect" could happen w/@LorenaAD80…
3/ We've seen @LorenaSGonzalez draw the ire of corporations after #AB5 -> to Prop 22

We've also seen her conduct unprecedented campaign money laundering, transferring corporate funds to her husband- @SupFletcher - when he ran for Supervisor in 2018.
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If you live in California, you have been blitzed by messages to vote for #Prop22, a rule that would allow Uber, Lyft, Postmates and other money-losing, destructive bezzles to continue to abuse their employees through the fiction that they are "independent contractors."

Prop 22 is the most expensive ballot initiative in California history, with a pricetag of $186m and counting, money transfered from the never-to-be-profitable app companies that have destroyed so many Californian businesses and lives.…

These companies launched with deep cash reserves from the Saudi royals, funneled through Softbank, and they were a bet that they could monopolize our state's transport, logistics and food by losing money on every transaction until all the real, money-making businesses failed.

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@Gunn4DG Yes, she is the embodiment of craft the law according to my purposes and not align purposes to the law.
@Gunn4DG And saying that unless you are a creative writing, you're misclassified? By what standard?! None of them interviewed anyone who writes for a living. I'm not talking about WGA or the journalist union stooges--I'm talking about people who actually do the work across platforms. /1
@Gunn4DG I have been paid for technical writing, editorial writing, creative writing, filmic writing, opinion writing, investigative writing, ad infinitum with and without my byline. 2/
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You think #AB5 is bad? They’re coming for the rest of you - Murray, Brown, DeLauro Introduce Landmark Bill Expanding Labor Laws to Protect Workers…
Who’s endorsing this, you ask? “The bill has been endorsed by: the National Employment Law Project (NELP), the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).” Elections have consequences. #ab5 #proact
You can kiss being a freelancer goodbye for evaaaah. That flexibility you love? GONE! “The bill will create a new standard where workers are always presumed to be employees.”
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Congressman Patrick McHenry introduced bill HR 8280 to amend Rule 701 to allow businesses to issue company stock to their gig workers.

This bill would also pre-empt California’s #AB5.

#gigeconomy #GigWorkers
Statement from the Internet Association:
Brief statement about the Gig Worker Equity Compensation Act from McHenry:
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THREAD: Here are some representations of Labor, lobbying organizations, and elected Reps who support #PROAct passage. Be aware, be warned, and where possible, VOTE THEM OUT.

@ConorLambPA voted for the PROAct. He is in a tight race with @SeanParnellUSA. Time for Conor to go. Image
@GarciaHolmes4NM is running against @RepDebHaaland. Haaland championed the #PROAct. Time for Deb to go. Image
@RepWilson is on House Labor Committees and championed the #PROAct. She has several challengers but Floridians need to coalesce around one in order to see her out. Image
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We're supposed to be winners, not 22nd place. You can't let me and @politicsofamy be anything less than 1st place. Don't you hate pediatric cancer?! We're going to be walking and live tweeting our walk/hike on Sept 26th. Maybe even video. Click the link!… Image
Now it got interesting! @politicsofamy
@StJude #giveusthemoney Image
Who's going to reach $1000 first? I would like to think that my followers are more giving and hate cancer a lot more than @politicsofamy's followers. Prove me right!… Image
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For those who wanted the full thread in context, I am retweeting Avogato and then adding my comments to it as the quote thread below... 1/
Veena Dubal from her testimony at the February 26, 2019 Labor Committee hearing on #AB5.
This is one of the lies she told to reassure professionals that they truly would be exempt from AB5.
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Mrs. Amazon counsel is pontificating again. Time to shut that crazy down. There is absolutely no reason why she should have so much power over how we work while she sits in her multi-million dollar house paid by her Mr.
It’s easy to ruin people’s lives in the name of progress when you’ve been a career student your whole life and then marry a sugar daddy. Try working a real job, starting your own business and then let’s see how your spoiled ass feels about #AB5.
It’s also easy when you score a rich professional athlete baby daddy, whose significant child support pmts you don’t have to report so you can continue to play the “I’m a poor Latina from the hood” card and use it to advance your political career and awful progressive laws.
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Who represents the single mom who receives ZERO child support and is the only adult family member around for her learning-disabled son? It's sure as hell not you, and you don't give a shit about the moms who used gig work so they could be there for kids with IEP's.
I learned #AB5 would result in the loss of my primary freelance contract around 4 PM Fri 12/27/19, when I was in NC driving from my mom's house to my middle son's wedding reception. No time to strategize. So I decided I'd move to NC while my youngest... 🧵…
...finished his 11th grade yr then we'd re-evaluate, hoping there'd be a repeal or something. I spent most of Jan & Feb and part of Mar back east but came to CA for 2 wks after CPAC and got corona quarantine. Then, I found out on Easter that I was gonna be a grandma! I decided to
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CA's #AB2257 has been signed, which expands the groups of people that are exempt from being required to be treated as employees under #AB5.

Here's the text of the legislation:…
exempt frm #AB5 under #AB2257: "Services provided by a freelance writer, translator, editor, copy editor, illustrator, or newspaper cartoonist who works under a written contract that specifies the rate of pay, intellectual property rights, and obligation to pay by a defined time"
exempt from #AB5 under #AB2257: "Services provided by an individual as a content contributor, advisor, producer, narrator, or cartographer for a journal, book, periodical, evaluation, other publication or educational, academic, or instructional work in any format or media"
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This is exactly the attitude that gets us these laws. She works for US. WE pay her salary. She is supposed to represent US. It is not the American way to beg legislators we put into power to please spare us. We fire them. #AB5
As an immigrant, I feel like it’s my duty to warn Americans about the road we’re on. The reason we scream at these “progressive” movements and laws is because this is exactly what brought us to America. These are tyrants who want to control every aspect of our lives.
They play on your emotions making you feel guilty about your “white privilege” and how things might be made right by taxing everything into submission. All while the ruling class lives in their armed communities and send their kids to charter schools….
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Thread: #AB5 hurts small businesses by not allowing subcontracting as part of #BusinessToBusiness Today I was presented with an opportunity to bid on some work. It was work from home, great during this pandemic. So what happened? #AB5stories 1/
This project would be an opportunity to collaborate with a longtime friend and colleague, who is also an independent consultant. We each have our own businesses (separate LLCs), clients, and market ourselves. The client could use both of our expertise. #AB5stories 2/
The client wants one statement of work for the project. So to make that happen, one of our businesses would be the lead, and the other would subcontract. Under #AB5 that’s not allowed. #AB5stories 3/
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Can't help but think of a fellow writer friend who lost interest in the #AB5 fight almost as soon as it started because, as he told me, he didn't truly believe @cafwu had any real chance of accomplishing anything. That we'd never accomplish...exactly what we just accomplished.
Now thinking about when a guy I had a thing for told me I didn't have what it takes to move to his country & thrive. I held onto that burning little coal of spite in my chest. Fast-forward to now. I've lived in Berlin, I've thrived in LA. I'm apparently motivated by contrariness.
Am I motivated by the pettiness of spiting people who likely don't even remember saying the things they said to me?
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BREAKING: While the D-list @CNET reporter wanted to paint me as part of a collusive and well-paid campaign, it is a whole bunch of other folks who are targeting Van Laar, Kira Davis, and little 'ole me. /1
Now what did I ever do to you except tell you that your #AB5 law is garbage and so is your humanity, @veenadubal, @LorenaSGonzalez?

Tell your friends they need to expand their vocabulary. Image
@jenvanlaar is about to blow this wide open. I'm here with the 🍿! /end

How Unions, Journalists, Academics, and Legislators Are Colluding to Intimidate AB5 Opponents… #RepealAB5 #UnionWeak #liarsandgaslighters #pureevil
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