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Instead of working just one job for a single employer, more and more of us are becoming gig workers: people who consult, freelance, contract, temp, and do jobs on-call. The number of Americans with these alternative work arrangements has been growing steadily over the last ten years. 

Daily news roundup Tuesday, January 12, 2015

Jan 12, 2016
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Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW News:

 Uber cuts passenger fares, drivers cry foul // SF Examiner

“Citing low winter ridership, Uber has slashed prices in 48 cities across the U.S. While Uber says it’ll mean good things for riders and drivers alike, drivers say the prices go too far.”

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Last month, San Francisco International Airport issued cease-and-desist orders to six different app-based rideshare companies like LyftSideCar, and UberX.

These companies connect regular drivers –not licensed taxi or limo drivers– to passengers via smartphone app. The driver gets paid through a voluntary donation, also done through the app.