About a year ago, Steve Smith stood outside a press conference at a hotel in Sacramento where , Lyft and DoorDash announced plans to spend millions on a statewide ballot initiative that would requiring the gig economy companies to hire most of their independent contractors as employees. If the workers became employees, they would be entitled to benefits, paid leave, expense reimbursement, the right to collectively organize and other labor protections. Smith, who works for the California Labor Federation, wasn’t allowed in the room so he tried to listen through the door. 

The gig economy giants were claiming that the ballot initiative contained provisions that would be good for drivers, including a guarantee that drivers would earn at least 120% of the

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