Gig-worker bill harms, not helps
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