Gig-worker bill harms, not helps

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

AB 5 may be help­ful to tem­po­rary em­ploy­ees, but the news­pa­per busi­ness will suf­fer.

Tem­po­rary em­ploy­ees want to have ben­e­fits, but it is im­pos­si­ble to af­ford. And it is not fair for the full-time em­ploy­ees.

Now days most ev­ery­one can read the news­pa­per on­line who has ac­cess to the in­ter­net. Over the years the num­ber of peo­ple who read the printed news­pa­per went down from 69% to 29%. I agree the younger adults can read news­pa­per on­line.

How­ever, older re­tirees have been read­ing the printed news­pa­per with their morn­ing cof­fee or tea. It has been an icon of Amer­i­can his­tory. My grand­mom would not be able to do it. She doesn’t like us­ing com­puter or even her phone to read any­thing on­line. She needs to have printed news­pa­per.

The printed news­pa­per still has lots of ad­ver­tise­ments and coupons to shop at the gro­cery shops, for ex­am­ple.

De­liv­er­ing news­pa­per is part-time job for younger adults and stu­dents. It teaches them re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Most of them have other jobs or are stu­dents.

AB 5 will make the news­pa­per busi­ness to go out of busi­ness and hurt many peo­ple, in­clud­ing older re­tirees.

– Olek­sander Volyk, Clo­vis

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