“I am one of the 10% of lucky drivers who receive the stipend, but it is only because I am forced to work at certain times to meet the minimum requirement of active hours to qualify,” he stated, noting that the Prop 22 stipend program doesn’t reach the vast majority of drivers. “Many other drivers do not qualify, even if they have the app on for 40-50 hours a week, and many more do not even know about these benefits.”
Besides breaking their promises on driver benefits such as the healthcare stipend, the impact of Prop 22 on California rideshare drivers has also been felt with families. Daniel Russell, a special education teacher and RDU driver in the Inland Empire, started driving full-time so he could spend more time with his young daughter. But as the pay cuts from both apps worsened, he found himself on the road more to make ends meet.
“I did over 20,000 rides,” he said. “At my peak, I was working 60-70 hours a week, and making less and less money.”