Republican governors say the added federal benefits are discouraging people from taking jobs.
The Labor Department blocked a Trump-era change that would've made it easier to classify gig workers as independent contractors.
Uber's regional general manager said payment for these added benefits won't come from higher fees for passengers.
More people are relying on gig work, which puts a lot of risk on the workers themselves.
Usually there are lots of benefits and protections that come with being an employee instead of a gig worker, like being paid the minimum wage.
The ballot initiative in California would allow companies like Uber and Lyft to keep classifying workers as contractors.
When your work is a gig instead of a job, you have fewer protections and benefits.
The issue has big implications for workers' access to safety net benefits that have become crucial during the pandemic.
If the $600-a-week pandemic payment disappears, many may have trouble covering their basic expenses.