As more people participate in the gig economy, workers are looking to organize so companies are held accountable for the labor market that they’ve helped create. In the San Francisco Chronicle piece on the revolt of the gig workers, Alexandrea Ravenelle, author of Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy, notes that “we’ll probably start to see more gig workers organizing as they realize that enough negative publicity for the companies can make something change.”
Technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat, author of Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work remarks that “there’s a techlash, a broader understanding that tech companies have to be held accountable as political institutions rather than neutral forces for good.”
Read What People are Saying
Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy by Alexandrea Ravenelle
“Exposes the contradictions between the lofty promises of gig work … and the darker reality of many who struggle to make ends meet.”—Arne L. Kalleberg, author of Precarious Lives
“A smart, penetrating look at how the platform economy resembles an earlier industrial age when workers toiled long hours for meager pay. Sheds light onto some dark corners of the gig economy.”—Steven Greenhouse, author of Beaten Down, Worked Up
“These unforgettable narratives reset the conversation about this new type of work.”—Juliet Schor, author of Plenitude
Read more about Alexandrea’s work from The Outline and how the sharing economy takes us into the Victorian era of work.
Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work by Alex Rosenblat
“A timely, accessible analysis of a Silicon Valley innovator that disrupted an industry.”—GeekWire
“Functions as an examination of both how Uber’s algorithms are changing the way companies operate and exert control over their workers and how those workers are experiencing these changes.”—Slate
“This jargon-free and intriguing exposé offers food for thought for anyone interested in worker protections or societal changes driven by technology.”—Publishers Weekly
Read more directly from Alex from her piece on Slate and how Uber treats their workers as customers.