New report shines a light on the deaths of rideshare drivers in the gig economy

Apr 20, 2022
Because they are not considered employees, gig workers and their families often have fewer financial protections when they are hurt killed on the job.
More than 50 gig work drivers have been killed on the job in violent incidents since 2017, according to a new report by advocacy group Gig Workers Rising.
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High gasoline prices take toll on gig economy drivers

Mar 23, 2022
A survey found more than half of drivers have either reduced their hours or quit in response to rising fuel costs.
Rising gas prices are cutting into the earnings of gig economy drivers.
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How a “gap year” away from the gig economy changed this artist’s life

Jan 12, 2022
“Time became the thing we identified as the ultimate privilege,” said Atiya Jones, a visual artist in Pittsburgh.
Atiya Jones rides a horse in New Mexico during her grant-funded "gap year." "My work is deeply inspired by the things I see," she said.
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Gig workers pay a human price for being managed by algorithms

Dec 23, 2021
From erroneous terminations to racially biased facial recognition tech, what happens when the robot gets it wrong?
From erroneous terminations to racially biased facial recognition software, a new report from the nonprofit advocacy group Worker Info Exchange details the hidden issues with popular gig economy apps.
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Biden administration sends a signal about gig workers with rule rollback

May 6, 2021
The Labor Department blocked a Trump-era change that would've made it easier to classify gig workers as independent contractors.
The Trump-era rule was supported by gig platforms like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash.
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Who gets "deactivated"?

Mar 29, 2021
App-based gig workers for Amazon, Uber, Lyft and more. Here's how it works.
An Uber Eats delivery worker riding an electric scooter in New York City in March.
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Uber to give U.K. drivers minimum wage, retirement plan and more

Uber's regional general manager said payment for these added benefits won't come from higher fees for passengers.
In this photo illustration, a closeup of an Uber app is seen on an iPhone on Feb. 19, 2021 in Cardiff, Wales.
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U.K. top court gives Uber drivers benefits in landmark ruling

Feb 19, 2021
Uber drivers in Britain should be classed as “workers” and not self-employed, the U.K. Supreme Court ruled Friday.
An Uber sticker on a car during a protest by ride-share drivers in 2020. How ride-share and other gig workers are classified remains controversial.
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Big jump in unemployment benefit claims from gig workers

Jan 21, 2021
More people are relying on gig work, which puts a lot of risk on the workers themselves.
An Uber driver participates in a car rally calling for basic employment rights in August 2020 in Los Angeles.
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What's in a name? Company titles for gig workers reveal business models.

Jan 20, 2021
"Dasher," "tasker," "driver-partner." How companies pick worker nicknames that reflect the argument that workers are contractors, not employees.
An Uber sticker on a car during a protest by ride-share drivers in 2020. How ride-share and other gig workers are classified remains controversial.
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