Coalition Against AB5
Contact: Kira Davis (949)573-7640 firstname.lastname@example.org
February 7, 2020
As the fight against AB5 and its sister bill in Congress - The PRO Act - continues to grow, the bill’s author Lorena Gonzalez (D-80) has come forward to announce that she may be willing to grant more exemptions to her terribly unpopular law.
After an organized online pushback to a pro-AB5 “lobby day” in Sacramento, Gonzalez took to twitter to announce she would introduce “language” into an amendment bill that would “cut out the 35 submission cap and instead more clearly define freelancer journalism”. She also indicated she was “finalizing language” to allow independent photographers and videographers to work with Getty and Shutterstock as freelancers, after which she mentioned she planned to address the issues surrounding musicians. In addition, she is allocating $20 million to “small, nonprofit community arts programs to support them as they work to transition contractors into employees to comply with AB 5.”
While the Coalition Against AB5 is pleased to see Gonzalez beginning to acknowledge the scope of AB5’s destruction, it continues to be our official position that nothing short of a full repeal of AB5 will suffice. We do not find it logical to accept Gonzalez’ latest position for several reasons:
With the passage of The PRO Act in the House, it is our intention to move on to the next phase of resistance to AB5 - elections. In the coming days we will be working up charts to help voters identify which of their state and national reps supported AB5 and The PRO Act, which are up for reelection and which are in vulnerable districts. With California’s primaries already underway now is the best time to send the first shot across the election bow. We’ll be providing press and action items for the public as well as collecting and promoting stories of those affected.
AB5 has only been the law for one month in California and already it is destroying the economy as we’ve known it. Now that we know we are being heard, the time has come to double our efforts, not retreat in the hopes that our benevolent leaders in Sacramento will not come after all these exemptions one day.
Navigate to AB5facts.com for more information, press coverage and upcoming action items and events and follow @AB5of on Twitter.
We're a loose coalition of freelancers and independent contractors trying to centralize information about AB5 and empower ICs across the state to fight for their livelihoods. We tell stories and make plans.
For press and inquiries contact Kira Davis email@example.com