does the Gig Economy represent a new way of organizing work

does the Gig Economy represent a new way of organizing work

Based on the readings and your own experience, does the Gig Economy represent a new way of organizing work? How do workers/independent

Poor worker conditions power gig economy (Links to an external site.)
NY Times: Is Gig Work a Job? (Links to an external site.)
Wash Post: Gig economy workers work through the coronavirus. They have no choice. (Links to an external site.)
PBS: The Internets Hidden Science Factory (Links to an external site.)

I was an undercover Uber driver (Links to an external site.)
Optional Reading (strongly encouraged but not necessary to include in your summary):

Undercover Driver: I Made $9 Per Hour (Links to an external site.)Sarah Kessler: GiggedPreview the document

Then write a 300 word summary and answer the following discussion questions:

The Gig Economy

Based on the readings and your own experience, does the Gig Economy represent a new way of organizing work?
How do workers/independent contractors engage gig employment? What are their expectations? Do they see the work as full time employment, part-time employment or just side-money to grab when they need it? How do companies like Uber, Lyft, and Amazon Turk “sell” the jobs?
Do service providers such as Amazon Turk, Uber and Lyft do more than provide a service? Are they in fact employers masquerading as “matchmakers?”
Looking to the future, what do you think? Will more employers embrace the model or will they decide that hiring workers as employees is the better way, or best way, to organize work and turn a profit?
And what about workers? We’ve already learned that the Better Business Climate (BBC) has eroded the social safety net and the Gig Economy would seem to put even more pressure and responsibility on workers to pay their own way (e.g., unemployment, retirement, health care, insurance, taxes, workers comp. etc.) And given the COVID-19 world we are all living through, should we be thinking in terms of rebuilding our social safety net to meet the new demands or should we continue thinking in BBC terms where there will be less government, less regulation and we let workers compete in a free wheeling, free market economy?
You can cut and past your summary and questions on to a Word Doc or whatever word processing app you use. If you don’t use Word, please be sure to save your assignment as a PDF before you upload it. You can also download the Questions here: Week 9 Discussion Questions

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