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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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California ballot measure keeps "gig" in gig economy

Nov 4, 2020
Prop 22 bypasses a state law that would have reshaped the gig economy.
A ride share driver participates in a protest against Proposition 22 in August in Los Angeles, California.
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Gig companies throw lots of cash -- and tech -- at California ballot measure

Oct 26, 2020
The ballot initiative in California would allow companies like Uber and Lyft to keep classifying workers as contractors.
A ride-share driver holds up a sign urging Californians to vote "no" on Prop 22 in Oakland, California, on Oct. 9, 2020.
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The gig economy and how workers might win it back

One way to rethink the "sharing economy" involves setting up co-ops on apps.
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Uber, Lyft threaten to stop service in California

Aug 20, 2020
The dispute could put jobs at stake during the pandemic.
The conflict has come after a judge supported a state law that classifies drivers as employees, not contractors.
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Organizing labor in an era of temporary work and the gig economy

The labor movement of the future moves beyond traditional collective bargaining, says former SEIU Local 26 President Javier Morillo.
The challenge facing the labor movement today, and in the last decades, has been to adjust to an economy that doesn’t depend on industrial jobs, but temporary workers.
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Uber and Lyft have to classify drivers as employees, California judge orders

The ride-hailing companies now have 10 days to appeal the ruling.
Gig companies have expressed they want to give their contract employees some sorts of benefits but not classify them as employees. Union leaders have said they are willing to reach a compromise.
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Gig workers worry about losing federal jobless benefits

Jul 23, 2020
If the $600-a-week pandemic payment disappears, many may have trouble covering their basic expenses.
Gig workers have received unemployment benefits many would not have been entitled to before pandemic assistance began.
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