Your Call: Is the Uber economy good or bad for workers?

Jul 1, 2015

  

On the July 1st edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about labor laws and how they affect the explosion of independent contractors. 

The California Labor Commission recently ruled that one of Uber’s drivers qualifies as an employee rather than an independent contractor. Uber drivers are usually treated as contractors. How should the laws surrounding these services develop? What do we need to know about companies relying on independent contractors? And how should those workers be treated? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.  

Guests:

Steven Hill, journalist and author of five books, including the forthcoming Raw Deal: How the "Uber Economy" and Naked Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers.

Chiara Farronato, economist and assistant professor at Harvard Business School

Web resources:

NY Times: Clashes Erupt Across France as Taxi Drivers Protest Uber

Quartz: The secret the to Uber economy is wealth inequality

Re-Code: I Want It, and I Want It Now – It’s Time for Instant Gratification

NPR: California Labor Commission Rules Uber Driver is an Employee, Not Contractor

Ars Technica: Start-up workers sue to be recognized as employees, not mere contractors