Proposition 22 keeps workers for app-based companies like Uber and Lyft classified as independent contractors, but it also reveals deeper problems with contemporary labour markets.
The debate over how to classify gig workers pits flexibility against the higher incomes and benefits that come with being classified as an employee.
Workers say they love the freedom of platforms like Uber and TaskRabbit but find it hard to earn a livable wage. Cooperatives that give worker-owners a voice in how they are run offer a solution.
In order to create an efficient future transportation system, autonomous vehicles need to accommodate people with different mobility needs.
A scholar of the American safety net explains how, through her own brother, she's getting a personal window into what it means to face COVID-19 as a worker in the gig economy.
An upcoming study on workers in the gig economy suggests the future of work may be a lonely and uncertain one for many workers.
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.
Astronomic valuations for non-profitable companies are popular in Silicon Valley but how are they calculated and what do they reflect?
Uber's IPO will value the company at more than $80 billion, yet the data it collects on its users may be worth even more – and creates the potential for dangerous manipulation.
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.
One of Uber's selling points is that a driver is always available to pick up a rider within minutes. But the drivers who make this possible aren't being compensated for the time they spend waiting.
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.
In many US cities, ride-hailing apps are luring riders away from public transit and increasing traffic congestion. But with the right rules, they could enhance public transit instead.
The California Supreme Court made it harder to classify workers as independent contractors. But it's not quite the 'game changer' some observers claim it to be.
Today's manifestations of the gig economy are tilted in favour of too few beneficiaries, and are not built to last.
The CEO gets out as investor power triumphs.
A study shows the reality of gig worker experiences is far more nuanced than enjoying flexible work or being exploited.
Cab drivers have long discriminated against African-Americans and other minority groups. New research suggests ride-hailing apps haven't solved the problem.
To maximize the benefits while minimizing the risks, we need to know how ride-share companies will affect public transportation.
The deal, in which drivers won't pursue their claim to be employees in exchange for the cash and other changes, raises more questions than it answers.