The freedom to work as a freelancer or independent contractor provides flexibility for households and vibrancy to the American economy.
But Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have both endorsed the PRO Act which threatens freelancers and independent contractors.
The PRO Act not only bans Right to Work laws nationwide, it imposes the same independent contractor/freelancer-destroying policies of California’s AB5 law, which has destroyed countless lives and driven people out of the Golden State.
Examples of quotations from people hit by AB5:
“I lost the career and relationship I was building with a content writing company.” [Link]
“AB5 is why I had to pack my very ill husband with stage 4 cancer and autistic son and leave the state. There is no way I can take care of our family and work a ‘traditional’ type job.” [Link]
“I’m a certified court interpreter. I’ve been very happily freelancing for 15 years. I can choose which agencies to work with, and work as much or as little as I want to spend time with my 3-year-old. AB5 is destroying my wonderful work/life combo.” [Link]
“We do all sizes of events, mostly in the 50 to 200 guest range. Every now and then we’ll have a 1,000-person event. I bring in independent contractors to work one day and this law says I have to bring them into my payroll. For ONE EVENT, I would have to bring on 100 people into payroll. Insane.” [Link]
“AB5 is destroying the pet setting business due to having to hire as employees!” [Link]
“I lost my job of 12 years as a medical transcriptionist because of AB5. Many in this profession value the flexibility in hours and working from home more than employee status. Now I have no money at all.” [Link]
“Not only myself but hundreds of hard working TAX paying musicians will now be forced to go back underground for cash gigs, and leave me here to figure out and question why I ever followed the law and created a small business to create the American dream and create jobs for so many others. Two decades of my business destroyed because I have no one who wants to work for me now.” [Link]
“Being an independent contractor gave me the ability to set a work schedule that my body could handle and make enough to support myself by only working a few hours a day.” [Link]
Here is the documentation of Biden’s endorsement of AB5 and the PRO Act:
“I look forward to signing the PRO Act as President” said Biden on Feb. 9, 2020.
“I support AB5 in California” said Biden on March 7, 2020.
The PRO Act legislation is live ammunition, having already passed the Democrat-run U.S. House of Representatives. In the Senate, it has 40 Democrat co-sponsors and the self-described socialist co-sponsor, Bernie Sanders.
The PRO Act has also been endorsed by a number of Democrat senatorial candidates including Cal Cunningham, John Hickenlooper, Sara Gideon, Theresa Greenfield, Ossoff and Mark Kelly.
California’s AB5 law was passed by state Democrats in 2019 and took effect on Jan. 1, 2020. It has caused widespread misery in California among dozens of freelancer and independent contractor occupations. Residents have fled to other states to pursue their dreams and pay their bills.
Now Democrats want to impose this nationwide to make the union bosses happy and keep their campaign coffers flush with cash skimmed from “dues” from newly unionized workers forced into a union by the PRO Act. This policy tramples on freelancers and independent contractors by attempting to force them into an employment relationship, against their wishes and needs.
Freelancers and independent contractors want to be their own boss. AB5 and the PRO Act dictate they must have a boss.Households need greater flexibility than ever. Biden and Harris will destroy that flexibility and freedom. No wonder the media hasn’t covered this issue.