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Are gig workers lonely and isolated? Or independent and liberated? New research suggests despite assumptions about freedom, gig workers report feeling lonely and powerless. (Unsplash)

Workers in the gig economy feel lonely and powerless

An upcoming study on workers in the gig economy suggests the future of work may be a lonely and uncertain one for many workers.
Collective bargaining isn’t enough to revive labor unions. Reuters/Rebecca Cook

How organized labor can reverse decades of decline

Unions should move their focus away from traditional collective bargaining and instead embrace new ways to attract new members, such as by offering discounted benefits and engaging in more advocacy.
Uber drivers protest outside of the New York Stock Exchange. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Uber drivers strike and the future of labor: 4 essential reads

The Uber driver walkout raises questions about how workers can fight for better pay and benefits in the age of the gig economy – a topic frequently on the minds of Conversation scholars.
Ride-hailing services have gone global, and even women in Saudi Arabia – only recently given the right to drive – are getting in on the action. In this June 2018 photo, a female driver for Careem, a regional ride-hailing Uber competitor, is seen behind the wheel. AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Canada left behind as ride-hailing services go global

Canada is simply a consumer of ride-hailing services, and has not established any of its own Ubers or Lyfts, even as tiny countries like Estonia get in on the game. That needs to change.
Gig workers saw their work as flexible but also with its risks. Reynaldo Vasconcelos/Newzulu/AAP

‘The way they manipulate people is really saddening’: study shows the trade-offs in gig work

A study shows the reality of gig worker experiences is far more nuanced than enjoying flexible work or being exploited.
Do only sociopaths hitch? Hitchhiker via www.shutterstock.com

Could the sharing economy bring back hitchhiking?

As our ever-increasing use of services like Uber, Lyft and AirBnB show, it's safe to trust other Americans. Time for hitchhking to make a comeback.

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