Gig Economy: Now what?

Sacramento Bee: “California bill to unionize ‘gig’ workers likely dead for 2016”

“We want this to come out right,” [bill sponsor Loretta] Gonzalez said in an interview. “We just want to make sure as we create the legal framework that most people are comfortable and we’re not just jamming something through.” …

Business groups like the California Chamber of Commerce and the Internet Association, a technology industry lobbying group, opposed the bill. Labor groups including the Teamsters and the United Food and Commercial Workers were in support.

The American Prospect: “Uber, Airbnb, and Other Labor Dilemmas”

It’s one of those universally acknowledged truths that the rise of the on-demand economy creates challenges for the labor movement. Last week, a major court settlement and a backroom fracas between two unions emphasized the immediacy of those challenges. …

Both the court settlement and the SEIU-Unite Here brouhaha has created more questions than answers to how unions — and the labor movement more broadly — can effectively combat the harmful consequences of Silicon Valley’s disruption of the employer-employee relationship.

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SEIU Local 1021 Communications Dept.

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