The expansion of gig work is well underway, and the challenges to the model will grow. This is a long-term renegotiation that needs to include retirement and health services in a solution, though not necessarily through traditional employment. What would a new form of worker union look like in this world? It might be a social safety net that bargains collectively with on-demand employers, providing forms of certification and endmenification to employers in exchange for compensation floors in each industry.
This week, Uber and Lyft were told by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera to “turn over records on whether they classify drivers as employees or private contractors, as well as records on driver pay and benefits,” according to a statement from his office.
The move comes as a result of the recent decision from the California Supreme Court that said gig economy companies can’t count workers as independent contractors instead of employees. The ruling is not only widely viewed as a blow to companies t