App-Based Work Alliance Statement on Introduction of the Pro Act

National App-Based Work Alliance Will Advocate for Solutions That Preserve Worker Independence and Access to Benefits

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 4, 2021) -- The App-Based Work Alliance, a coalition representing millions of workers nationwide choosing independent work, today released the following statement in response to the introduction of the PRO Act in Congress:

“Today, tens of millions of Americans are choosing independent, app-based work because of the unmatched flexibility it offers, particularly during the economic downturn when these earning opportunities are desperately needed. Last year, California workers fought to preserve these opportunities and keep their ability to remain independent with the passage of Prop 22. While well-intentioned, the ‘ABC test’ included in the PRO Act is an antiquated and unworkable proposal that does not belong in this legislation. It fails to address what a modern workforce requires. We encourage lawmakers to, instead, promote new solutions like a portable benefits plan that protects worker independence and provides certainty for every worker.”

According to a bipartisan study by Benenson Strategy Group and GS Strategy group, 86 percent of app-based workers cite a flexible work schedule as a reason they choose independent work, and according to a Global Strategy Group poll, 71 percent of independent workers want to remain independent.

The App-Based Work Alliance was formed by several app-based platforms that represent millions of app-based workers, including DoorDash, Instacart, Lyft, Postmates, and Uber. Learn more about the App-Based Work Alliance here.