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October 28, 2020, 06:00 PM

Plenary Session 5a: AB 5 & Proposition 22 Driver Focus Group

A session by Edward Escobar and Richard Gedney
Alliance for Independent Workers & Alliance for Independent Workers

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As the founder of the Alliance for Independent Workers and it's #DriversUnite International campaign to UNITE ALL DRIVERS FROM ALL TRANSPORT SECTORS, Mr. Escobar provides Advocacy & Lobbying for Drivers and GIG Economy workers worldwide.


AB 5 & Proposition 22 Driver Focus Group This Focus Group of individual taxi, for-hire, and TNC drivers, from California will share their experiences, opinions, and thoughts about whether it is beneficial for drivers to be independent contractors or employees, and both the challenges and opportunities facing their profession. The Focus Group will discuss the impact of the passage of AB 5 in California – the law that set forth driver benefits for “Gig Workers” and made this class of workers de facto employees. In addition, there will be a discussion of Proposition 22 – the ballot initiative on the November 3, 2020 ballot – which seeks to overturn AB 5. This Focus Group will be a basis for discussion for the Plenary Session panel of experts to follow.

Co-MODERATOR Richard Gedney - Atlanta •Executive Director South East - Alliance for Independent Workers (AIW) (#DriversUnite Movement) COO / Founder ProDriverKit - NYC Driver 35+ years Uber, Lyft, Delivery, Taxi, Limousine, UPS Personal Vehicle Driver (PVD) Tractor Trailer - CDL since 2007.

CO-MODERATOR & PANELIST Edward Escobar - San Francisco •Founder - Alliance for Independent Workers (AIW) (#DriversUnite Movement) Driver Since 2014 Uber/Lyft & 7 other Apps Active Black Car/SUV/Limo -TCP

PANEL Douglas O'Connor - San Francisco •Author "Rich Car, Poor Car" •Lead Plaintiff - O’Connor vs. Uber ($100 million dollar settlement 2016) Driver since 2010 Delivery, Courier, Uber, Taxi, Limo


Muneeb Rehman - New York City Founder / CEO ProDriverKit (PDK) Executive Director Northeast (AIW) (#DriversUnite Movement) Featured in documentary "The Gig Economy"

Valerie Mitchell - Los Angeles / SF Driver/Advocate (AIW) Since 2015 Uber/Lyft/Wingz As one of the early rideshare drivers in Los Angeles in 2015, Valerie promoted drivers rights under AIW collaborations with Teamsters & SEIU She's a Graduate student of Walden University with a MS in Forensic Psychology specializing in Cybercrimes. Valerie was a former BET Nightly News Correspondent. Valerie Mitchell was one of the early rideshare drivers in Los Angeles in 2015. Promoted drivers rights under AIW collaborations with Teamsters & SEIU •Graduate student at Walden University obtaining a MS in Forensic Psychology specializing in Cybercrimes. •Former BET Nightly News Correspondent


David Dustin Triệu - Los Angeles •President / CEO - DT Transportation Advocate (AIW) Driver since 2014 Uber, Lyft, Caviar, Grubhub, Via, Magic Inc, Time Crucial Courier, Elite Concierge courier.

CO-MODERATOR & PANELIST Edward Escobar - San Francisco •Founder - Alliance for Independent Workers (AIW) (#DriversUnite Movement) Driver Since 2014 Uber/Lyft & 7 other Apps Active Black Car/SUV/Limo -TCP

DOCUMENTARY LINKS "THE GIG ECONOMY" - Directed by Keif Roberts https://www.amazon.com/Gig-Economy-Muneeb-Rehman/dp/B08D3V26B8 Starring Muneeb Rehman (AIW Executive Director) and Michael R "THE DISRUPTED" - Documentary - Directed by Sarah Colt, Josh Gleason https://thedisruptedfilm.com/ •Cheryl Long (featured) Driver/Advocate former Strategic Leader with Alliance for Independent Workers (AIW) •Edward Escobar (featured voice) AIW Founder - An AIW meeting featured in Documentary. "THE UBER STORY"- ABC Australian Broadcasting Documentary. https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/the-uber-story/10912940 Shows how Uber bullies their way into a new market, by not obeying laws. Resulting in a devastating impact to both drivers and their families. Douglas O'Connor - Driver (featured) at beginning of film. "UBERLAND" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LMUaV1q4FQ&t=4s UberLand pulls back the curtain on the labor issues surrounding Uber and the gig economy. It’s the story of a scandal-ridden startup that upended transportation, defied regulators, decimated the taxi industry and ended up cannibalizing its own drivers. The film follows San Francisco Uber drivers Eric, Robin, Antonio and Xavier as these independent contractors navigate the gig economy where many workers have meager earnings and few labor protections. UberLand features interviews with workers and Silicon Valley thought leaders and asks us to consider the true cost of the gig economy


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