That means Lyft and Uber will NOT suspend their ride-hailing services in California tonight, Thursday at midnight, after a state appeals court ruled in their favor regarding an injunction against the companies. The move in California that requires the companies to reclassify drivers as employees.
“While we won’t have to suspend operations tonight, we do need to continue fighting for independence plus benefits for drivers,” said Lyft spokeswoman Julie Wood.
Here is what we reported earlier …
*The situation in California is getting scary as far as Lyft and Uber are concerned.
What’s happening is that efforts to bring gig economy companies in compliance with state labor law AB5 could fester open this week. By Friday, the millions of Californians who use Uber and Lyft to hail rides may find themselves forced to resort to other modes of transportation. If and when the companies resume service here, it could be in a dramatically different form reports the LA Times.
If you missed it here’s the back story. In early August, a San Francisco Superior Court judge ordered the companies to classify their drivers as employees rather than independent contractors, building in a 10-day window for the companies to appeal the move. With that window closing Thursday night, Uber and Lyft are threatening to shut down services at midnight Thursday, saying they cannot transition their business models quickly enough. Lyft reiterated that threat in a blog post Thursday morning, saying, “This is not something we wanted to do.”
The move was part of the state’s efforts to force the companies to comply with landmark employment law Assembly Bill 5, which established stricter standards for companies to treat workers as independent contractors rather than employees. Essentially designed to grant employment benefits to gig workers, the law went into effect Jan. 1, but companies such as Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Postmates have vehemently resisted compliance..
Uber and Lyft have indicated any shutdowns could continue through the November election, when California voters will decide on a ballot initiative that would largely undo AB 5 by carving out a new category of work for drivers. The companies have spent millions on the initiative and an advertising campaign to support it.
“Uber and Lyft are threatening to kill jobs in California. I believe the companies are trying to force us into a decision around giving them what they want, and that’s Prop. 22, which is to keep denying us basic labor protections and benefits we have earned,” said Cherri Murphy, a ride-hailing company driver for about three years.
Get the rest of this story at LA Times.
Actor Rick Schroder Defends Bail for Kenosha Killer Kyle Rittenhouse: ‘It Made Me Mad’
*Former child star Rick Schroder is catching heat — including death threats — for helping to post bail for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old suspected white supremacist who travelled from Illinois to Kenosha, Wis., in August, where he fatally shot two Black Lives Matter demonstrators.
“This was Kyle’s life being destroyed,” Schroder told the New York Post about why he contributed to the teen killer’s bail. “This is his freedom at risk. It infuriated me to see an innocent 17-year-old young man being tried and found guilty before trial.”
The “Silver Spoons” and “NYPD Blue” star put up “hundreds of thousands” of dollars toward Rittenhouse’s $2-million bail, and a lot of folks are pissed off about it.
Would Schroder and other Kyle supporters still empathize if he was a black teenager who travelled across state lines with a firearm that he was not legally allowed to carry, and shot two people dead? Hell-to-the-NO!
Rittenhouse was open-carrying an AR-15 rifle, which he allegedly obtained from a friend in Wisconsin. Open carry is legal in the state only if the gun owner is 18 or older.
“It made me mad,” Schroder told the Post. “This boy is innocent and he will be proven innocent. I did what any father should’ve done, and that’s get a kid out of jail that doesn’t deserve to be there.”
Schroder compared Kyle’s case to his own arrests last year on suspicion of domestic violence. No charges were filed after his girlfriend was reportedly uncooperative with police.
“It sucked because everybody thought I was a woman beater, and I’m not a woman beater,” Schroder told the Post. “I was tried and convicted in the court of the media. But you have to understand, that’s only my reputation that was being destroyed.”
According to TMZ, Schroder reached out to police last week after receiving threatening messages on social media in reaction to his support for Rittenhouse.
Meanwhile, Rittenhouse has been charged with six criminal counts, including first-degree intentional homicide, related to the deaths of two males during protests following the Aug. 23 police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse’s legal team claims he was defending himself after a mob threatened him and attempted to disarm him.
Pregnant Summer Walker Slams Boyfriend London On Da Track, Claims He’s a Deadbeat Dad
*Summer Walker, who recently took to social media to put her growing baby bump on display, is now putting her boyfriend on blast for allegedly being a deadbeat to his other children.
Earlier this month, the singer confirmed that she is expecting her first child with producer London On Da Track, who has other children by at least two different women.
Walker posted a series of messages to her Instagram Stories, claiming London is not a good father and telling Black men that they need to do better when it comes to their parental duties. She even referred to her own father as a “lame.”
“Black men gotta start doing better when it comes to being a father my grandfather lame, my father lame, & dis n#### lame. lol and I guess the cycle will just continue,”Walker wrote.
She then blamed her issues with London On Da Track on the generational trauma from slavery.
“I guess n##### still dealing with the shackles of mental slavery or some s###, back when white men ripped you from your families and beat you to death if you tried to protect them. It goes deep. S#### really sad,” she added.
Check out her posts below.
Walker went on to threaten to “out this bum nigga” and ruin his life, apparently because he’s been cheating on her.
Just last week, the couple appeared to be happy in now-deleted photos they shared on Instagram of them booed up.
Summer’s rant about the mother of London’s children didn’t go unnoticed by the women, prompting Eboni Ivori and Erica Racine to pop off on Instagram.
“The story of the day is my ex has a side bitch who smiles in my face and be nosy every time she runs into me but I just found out… No wonder she be all in my business,” Racine wrote. “Don’t be fake to me boo, be fake to his girl cus I’m good.”
Ivori took issue with Walker’s comments about London’s relationship with his children.
“How the f*ck yu tried to get him spend time w his kids but he didn’t wanna? But then double back and say his bitter baby moms wouldn’t hv it bc of yu!” she wrote on Instagram.
“Summer needs to keep whoever nose that is she got outta other folks business,” she concluded.
What are your thoughts about Summer’s remarks? Let us know in the comments.
BLIND ITEM: The Shady Talent Agency
Which agency refuses to let any of their clients appear on the alliterate talk show host’s program? [A rep] was overheard saying her show was “too urban” (which is code for exactly what you think it is) and the host is “mean to her guests and staff”.
Like the host who is one of the agency’s biggest clients, and who the agency’s clients are required to appear on, isn’t?
What hypocrites and wusses.
Can you guess the “urban” talk show/host and “the host who is one of the agency’s biggest clients”?
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