Days after Minnesota Uber and Lyft drivers celebrated the passing of ridesharing legislation that would have increased their pay and protections, the state’s governor, Tim Walz, vetoed the bill. Now Minnesota drivers are outraged, claiming that the governor bowed to “scare tactics.” They vowed to keep fighting against alleged abuse to create better worker conditions in the state.
Walz’s veto is his first in five sessions as Minnesota’s governor and came hours after Uber threatened to pull out of nearly all Minnesota markets and only offer premium products in areas where services remained, The Star Tribune reported. Lyft had also threatened to create “transportation deserts” if the bill became law.
Uber & Lyft used their usual scare tactics from their playbook— but we won’t let billion-dollar corporations overrule the democratic process or the needs of our communities.
We know @TheMulda is on the right side & will win.
— Gig Workers Rising (@GigWorkersRise) May 25, 2023
This is @Uber scare campaign. Plz be aware that the @GovTimWalz has your bill. We need protection against tnc abuse and labor law exploitation from @GovTimWalz. Thanks to the #mnleg for listening voters who hired them to work fairly and honestly pic.twitter.com/nfxgpeS2DD
— Mulda (@TheMulda) May 25, 2023
Authored by Minnesota Senator Omar Fateh, the ridesharing legislation would have kicked in July 1, 2024, and forced Uber and Lyft to pay drivers $1.45 per mile and 34 cents per minute in the state’s busiest counties. Outside that area, drivers would have received minimum compensation of $1.25 per mile and 34 cents per minute. It also guaranteed a minimum fee of $5 for any transportation provided.