The family of a 19-year-old delivery worker did not qualify for any kind of worker's compensation death benefits after their son was killed by a dump truck earlier this year. Antawani Wright-Davis, who worked as a cyclist for DoorDash, an app that hires workers as independent contractors, died i...
Insecurity? Flexibility? Uncertainty? Freedom? These are some buzzwords you hear when contract workers describe their jobs. These impermanent positions have now become a mainstay of America's working life. NPR has run an investigative series on the gig economy and recently interviewed dozens of cont...
Nobody wants to hear they've been fired. Those who've had it happen say it feels like a punch in the gut. Now, imagine that instead of your boss telling you face to face, the message comes from a pop-up alert on your smartphone. That's how people get canned at Uber. Eric Huestis wasn't aware of t...
A new NPR/Marist poll finds that 1 in 5 jobs in the U.S. is held by a worker under contract. Within a single decade, freelancers and contractors could make up half of the workforce. Working as a freelancer can come with some flexibility, but it also means you don't have the safety net of benefi...
Worker at Amazon fulfillment center. Work isn't what it used to be, and millennials are paying the price. No marker is a better indicator of the changing world millennials are inheriting than statistics about the American dream ― the belief that children will be better off than their parents...
Labor leaders are calling it the “most aggressive regulatory move against Uber to date.” Last week Seattle passed a law that gives Uber and Lyft drivers a legal right to create labor unions, a major regulatory measure that could entirely restructure the labor model of popular ride-hailing apps....
In a recent article warning about the trend to categorize an increasing number of Americans as “independent contractors,” economist Robert Reich offered the following comparison between Uber and General Motors: GM is worth around $60 billion, and has over 200,000 employees. Its front-line worke...