WASHINGTON, DC – The National Limousine Association is petitioning the White House, through the We the People platform, to create a congressional sub-committee focused on addressing unfair labor standards within the sharing economy. Recognizing that numerous businesses within the sharing economy (e.g. Uber and Lyft) erroneously designate their employees as independent contractors, the NLA is taking the necessary actions to protect American workers and the rights afforded to them by our Constitution.
With this petition, The NLA is not asking that additional legislation be put into place to regulate Transportation Networking Companies and other companies within the sharing economy. Rather, the NLA simply requests that the practices of these companies are investigated, and that existing Department of Labor (DOL) standards are enforced. All operators within the NLA adhere to these standards and provide qualifying workers with all benefits required by law such as proper insurance coverage, workman’s compensation, and healthcare.
While the organizations themselves may state otherwise, many workers within the sharing economy work more than 40 hours per week and are instructed to behave in a manner more consistent with the legal definition of an employee, versus that of an independent contractor. The NLA staunchly objects to the fact that these employees are denied their basic benefits, and feels that these organizations are ultimately damaging the economy by cheating everyday Americans.
As with all We the People efforts, this petition must gain 100,000 signatures over the course of the next 30 days in order to obtain an official response from The White House.