It is very easy to be cynical about politicians. This is nothing new, but the cynicism has to be at an all-time high based on the extent of media coverage devoted to the current, corrupt, dishonest, morally bankrupt, cowardly occupant of the Oval Office.
As such, it is worth taking a moment to recognize a politician - California's Governor - who acts with real courage. Gavin Newsom did something brave today when he signed into law Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), taking a strong, cutting-edge position toward the developing gig economy and how it affects average Californians. Misclassification of workers as "independent contractors," as Governor Newsom sagely recognized in his signing message, is further "hollowing out" our middle class, and contributing to the erosion of basic worker protections that all people of conscience should agree upon - the minimum wage, paid sick days, and health insurance benefits.
Uber and other gig economy companies are a powerful financial force. By the Governor's strong position today - which more politicians should emulate - he says something unequivocally true: all of us, standing together, are stronger than any corporation.
Thank you, Governor Newsom.