Never in 20 years have I had a paid vacation… with nothing to show for it — no pension, no 401(k)”.
Across on-demand industries in the city, struggles over worker classifications are intensifying. The New York Department of Labor recently ruled that two Uber drivers are eligible for worker's compensation, a ruling that was narrow in scope but nonetheless sets the stage for a looming legal battle over the status of drivers. New York State's Joint Enforcement Task Force on the Misclassification of Workers, as well as other unions and organizing groups, are expected to move into the debate in the coming months. The battles over contractor classification in California and in the UK may provide a glimpse of what's ahead.
Meanwhile, the gig economy continues expanding nationwide. A recent report by The Freelancer's Union claims that 55 million Americans are freelancing in some way, including as independent contractors (35 precent), diversified workers with multiple sources of income (28 percent), full time professionals who moonlight after hours (25 percent), freelancers with employees (7 percent) and temporary workers (7 percent).