Buttigieg joins California Lyft and Uber drivers demanding union rights

Buttigieg joins California Lyft and Uber drivers demanding union rights 1 (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a “gig economy” enthusiast, rallied with Uber and Lyft drivers in San Francisco who demanded the ability to unionize.

The White House hopeful on Tuesday, along with the rideshare drivers, protested near Uber’s headquarters on Tenth Street and blocked several lanes on Market Street, causing traffic congestion, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“I am here because where I come from, gig is another word for job — which means if you’re working a gig, that makes you a worker, and you ought to be protected as a worker. That means you deserve a minimum wage, that means you deserve protections from workplace and sexual harassment, that means you deserve overtime protections — and yes, that means you deserve a union,” Buttigieg said to the crowd of drivers on Market Street.

Late last month Buttigieg introduced his plan to broaden union regulations for “gig” economy workers such as Uber and Lyft drivers.

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