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August 19th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — August 18–19, 2018

Published August 19th, 2018 -

In today’s Sunday Review for The New York Times, economic historian Louis Hyman argues that new technology companies like Uber and TaskRabbit did not create the gig economy but only took advantage of a decades-long shift to temporary work arrangements.  He ana... More »

August 17th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 17, 2018

Published August 17th, 2018 -

In the forthcoming September issue of Vanity Fair, Uber engineer-turned-Silicon Valley watchdog Susan Fowler examines the future of the gig economy. In her piece entitled, “What Have We Done?: Silicon Valley Engineers Fear They’ve Created a Monster... More »

August 9th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 9, 2018

Published August 9th, 2018 -

As expected, the New York City Council voted yesterday to cap the number of Ubers allowed to drive within the city, in a win for taxi drivers, who had complained of deflated incomes. The move came despite opposition from the NAACP and other civil rights organi... More »

August 8th, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 8, 2018

Published August 8th, 2018 -

In a hard-fought win for organized labor, Missouri voters repealed a so-called “right-to-work” law enacted last year by Missouri’s Republican state legislature and former Republican governor by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. The New York Times repor... More »

August 2nd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — August 2, 2018

Published August 2nd, 2018 -

The NLRB General Counsel has begun to implement parts of a 59-point plan announced in January to reorganize agency operations.  In a memo to regional board directors sent on Monday, Associate to the General Counsel Beth Tursell detailed the immediate formation... More »

July 23rd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 23, 2018

Published July 23rd, 2018 -

New York State’s Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board ruled that Uber drivers are employees, rather than independent contractors, for purposes of unemployment insurance and benefits.  The Board wrote that “credible evidence establishes that Uber exercises suffi... More »

July 3rd, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — July 3, 2018

Published July 3rd, 2018 -

After long campaign by thousands of app-based drivers with the Independent Drivers Guild, New York City released a report today analyzing a proposal to establish a minimum pay rate for app-based for-hire vehicle drivers.  The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission,... More »

 

Workers, Benefits, and Protections in the U.S Gig Economy

Published July 2nd, 2018 -

“Gig economy” or “online platform” companies that provide personal labor services—Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit, Handy, Instacart, Grubhub, and others—challenge American law’s system for classifying workers as “employees” or “independent contractors,  As I explain in... More »

June 10th, 2018

Weekend News & Commentary — June 9 – 10, 2018

Published June 10th, 2018 -

Starting tomorrow, no Costco employee will earn below $14 an hour.  While some locations already saw a $13.50 an hour minimum wage, the new mark, which nearly doubles the federal minimum of $7.25, signals that the “fight for $15” is edging forward, and the nat... More »

June 5th, 2018

Today’s News and Commentary — June 5, 2018

Published June 5th, 2018 -

Tomato pickers and labor activists from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers will protest today outside of Wendy’s headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, during the company’s annual shareholder meeting to demand that the company join its Fair Food Program. The Fair Food ... More »

June 1st, 2018

Today’s News & Commentary — June 1, 2018

Published June 1st, 2018 -

Las Vegas casino workers are preparing for a massive, citywide strike — the first in three decades — after contracts affecting about 50,000 union workers expired at midnight last night. The contracts govern work at some of Vegas’ biggest names, including... More »

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Ninth Circuit Puts the Brakes on Uber Unionization

Published May 23rd, 2018 -

On May 11, the Ninth Circuit dealt a blow to a Seattle city ordinance permitting Lyft and Uber drivers to unionize. However, the court’s ruling was not entirely unfavorable for “gig economy” workers. Lyft and Uber, along with other affected groups, challenged ... More »