My colleagues and I were awarded first place for the below package of stories on AB5.
The story I wrote that was part of the package: Uber and Lyft drivers were paid up to $100 to protest a bill that could make them employees
My colleagues and I won first place for our coverage of gig workers in the pandemic. Here are the comments from the judges:
Winner – Los Angeles Times; Harsh realities for gig workers in perilous times
The precarious nature of “gig economy” and warehouse work was apparent long before the pandemic. But as millions of workers put themselves in sometimes mortal danger to do these jobs, the L.A. Times’ series shed light on how tech companies failed to protect them. The reporting, which included in-depth profiles of individuals who faced these perils, should have raised questions in readers’ minds about the labor conditions their dollars support, and the treatment of the workers who make e-commerce and fast-delivery services possible.
The story I won for was about Instacart's punitive ratings system that hurts many delivery workers: Unfair ratings cost some Instacart shoppers hundreds a week. Here’s what’s happening