Cynthia Thacker, Conservative Republican candidate filed to run for California State Assembly in the 65th district, wants Assembly Bill 5 overturned by the liberal Sacramento legislature. Overturning AB 5 would enable unemployed gig employees to work again. In 2019, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva and the legislature, with broad support from organized labor, passed AB 5. The law severely restricts companies from classifying certain workers as independent contractors, resulting in unemployment for independent contractors who prefer the freedom or necessity of a gig economy. Among those hurt by AB 5 are minorities, young students and seniors.
“Why would Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva hurt hardworking Californians by making it more difficult for people to work?” asked Thacker. “AB 5 was passed by Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva and the liberal legislature in the hope of pressuring companies to give these newfound employees expansive benefits coverage. Yet just the opposite has occurred. Many companies stopped hiring contractors based in California and others have threatened to cease offering their service if the law isn’t changed.”
Proposition 22 is on the November ballot to alleviate some of the pain caused by AB 5; however, if passed it will only help workers who are independent contractors with Uber, Lyft and DoorDash to name three major corporations backing the proposition. Thacker said Proposition 22 is only a band-paid response since it helps politically connected companies while ignoring other hardworking individuals. “While passage of Prop 22 would be a step in the right direction I am fighting for ALL workers such as truck drivers, sign language interpreters, franchise owners, musicians, independent journalists, writers, golf caddies and transcribers, to name a few occupations economically hurt by the passage of AB 5. The necessary solution is for Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva and the California legislature to overturn AB 5.”
Thacker pointed out that Californians who are fed up with the state’s liberal leanings must get out to vote Republican and bring their ballot to a secure location. “In the last election there were many reports of people receiving multiple ballots. If this happens, bring all the ballots sent to you to the Orange County Registrar of Voters. For those who want to affect positive change in California, the answer is to vote Republican.”
This article was released by Cynthia Thacker for State Assembly.