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A conversation about workers' rights in the gig economy

Jack Alley for The New York Times

Sharing economy companies like Uber and Lyft have become a powerful part of the economy. Now, some of the workers propelling that sector are organizing to ask for more from the companies that pay them. Drivers from both companies have filed a lawsuit -- they want to be made employees rather than contractors, and receive the benefits mandated by the state of California.

Carolyn Said is a business reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. She’s been covering negotiations between tech and labor and she talked with KALW's Ben Trefny to help us make sense of it.

CAROLYN SAID: It's much easier for these companies to scale up or contract if they need to, if they just have a most more casual relationship with the people doing the labor.

To hear the complete interview, click on the player above.

Ben was hired as Interim Executive Director of KALW in November, 2021.