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Your Call: Protecting workers' rights in the gig economy

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On the February 11th edition of Your Callwe’ll discuss how independent contractors are working to protect their rights in the gig economy.  

During preparations for the Superbowl, ride-share drivers planned on protesting the event to bring attention to their lack of support from their companies. On-demand workers receive little in terms of job security, benefits, regular shifts, or recourse.  Uber is one of several “gig economy” companies fighting efforts to reclassify independent contractors as employees. 


Michelle Miller, co-founder of coworker.org

Denise Cheng, gig economy and worker support infrastructure researcher

Web Resources: 

The Weekly Standard: The Next-Big-Thing: ‘Gig economy’ workers’ rights 

Fast Company: What does a union in the sharing economy look like?

Wired: Gig Economy Workers Need Benefits and Job Protections. Now.

Wired: On-Demand Startups Aren’t Delivering on Promises to Workers

Wired: Uber Drivers Protest the Superbowl

Robert Reich: Why the sharing economy is hurting workers