Specifically, Newsom states that he intends to convene legislative leaders along with organized labor and the business community to “grant workers excluded from the National Labor Relations Act the right to organize and collectively bargain.”
At this point, it’s unclear what form such a proposal would take, but there’s no doubt that any such attempt would not be well-received by the business community. While some gig companies favor the development of drivers’ associations to help workers have more of a say in the decisions affecting their livelihoods, this was seen as part of a compromise to help stave off the full impact of AB 5. Now that the ABC test will soon be law of the land, it is unclear whether worker advocates will simply attempt to transform workers newly classified as employees into a unionized workforce, or if they will seek the radical step of developing a new form of union that could cover even those classified as independent contractors. We’ll keep an eye on this development and update our readers as the next chapter in the ongoing gig economy battle unfolds.