New gig work ballot question lawsuit explained

Jennifer Smith, CommonWealth Beacon

A coalition of labor leaders and ride-share drivers is asking the Supreme Judicial Court to block ballot measures that would classify the drivers as independent contractors rather than employees under Massachusetts law – and the suit may feel like déjà vu.

It’s the second time in two years that the Massachusetts Is Not For Sale group has challenged a ballot initiative campaign backed by gig-work companies including Uber and Lyft before the state’s highest court.