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Voters in California say gig economy drivers are contractors
by Paul Hill
While most people’s attention has been on the Presidential election, voters in California got to vote on something called Proposition 22 too. It asked voters whether app-based drivers should continue to be classified as contractors or whether they should be considered employees and gain extra rights; 58.42% said they should continue to be classified as contractors while 41.58% were in favour of changing their status.
Unsurprisingly, the big tech firms with a stake in the measure such as Uber, Lyft, Instacart and DoorDash backed the bid to classify workers as contractors. The firms were so invested in keeping their costs low, in fact, that they invested more than $200 million, which is a record, trying to convince people to vote in their favour.
Drivers and unions were hoping the public would vote the other way. Nicole Moore, a driver and organiser at Rideshare Drivers United, said that tech firms outspent the competition by 20:1 but ultimately, the decision will not stop workers and unions from demanding better working conditions. Had drivers been classified as employees, they would have been eligible for the minimum wage, unemployment benefits, and health insurance.
While the result is not what a lot of drivers wanted, Proposition 22 still requires some concessions from the likes of Uber and Lyft. They will have to provide some benefits such as vouchers to access subsidised health insurance and guarantee hourly earnings. The companies will also bolster safety by performing more background checks on drivers.
Source: The Guardian
Twitter begins U.S. voter registration campaign
by Paul Hill
Twitter has announced that it has formed a partnership with National Voter Registration Day to encourage more Americans to register for the upcoming presidential election. Users will be encouraged by various means on Twitter to register to vote or confirm their registration.
Users that are located in the United States will see a new prompt on their home timeline encouraging them to register to vote or confirm their registration using a service called TurboVote run by Democracy Works, a non-partisan and non-profit organization. This will help to ensure nobody who wants to vote gets turned away at the polling station.
Other measures being taken to encourage voting include:
A push alert being displayed that directs users to a page full of voter registration information. It will be available in more than 40 languages depending on each person’s app settings. A promoted campaign run by @TwitterGov will take over today’s U.S. Promoted Trend Spotlight with registration resources from TurboVote. A new Twitter hashtag emoji is being introduced with #NationalVoterRegistrationDay and #VoteReady is being introduced to “empower civic conversation” across the country. Going forward, Twitter says it will publish additional voting-related notices as the election gets closer. By ensuring people are registered to vote, the firm is helping to make sure that everyone in the country entitled to a vote gets their say.
This delayed voting thread unfortunately comes bearing bad news in relation to the competition.
As of this voting thread, no further competitions will be made, I'm sure it has become clear to you all that the number of entries per month has been slowly drying up and at the point when we get this number of entries over an extended period of two months shows that the interest in this area of the forum really is dying out (when it comes to the actual taking of photos).
It is with my deepest regret that I have to discontinue the competition, as I always enjoyed seeing the variety of entries that were posted, and the different directions each member took with the themes.It really showed how different the human mind can be between people and how they interpret phrases or words.
Going forward, if you have any images you wish to share, please post them in the Digital Gallery thread (of which there will be a new one posted next month to commemorate the start of 2015) for other members to comment and critique. Additionally there is the community's Flickr group available for sharing our photos.
To end this on a high note, the entries here over this month or two have definitely been different to say the least, so get voting on your favourite, the thread will close at 22:00 GMT on the 11th Dec 2014. In addition, once the winner is decided I will create a "best of the best" poll, which will see the winners from each month go head to head to see which is truly the "Neowin Photograph of the Year 2014."
Thanks to everyone who entered over the past 12 or so months! :)