"The price of flexibility in the gig economy is substantial," writes Katie Wells, a visiting scholar at George Washington University who's studying the working lives of Uber drivers.
Last year Wells and her team conducted dozens of interviews and online surveys with Uber drivers in the metro Washington area, finding that in exchange for flexible schedules, Uber retains near total control over what she says "really matters for drivers, namely the compensation and costs of work." Go to dclabor.org for more details on this study.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1994, Cesar Chavez was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton, becoming the first Mexican-American ever to receive the honor.
Today’s labor quote is by Cesar Chavez, who said:
“It’s amazing how people can get so excited about a rocket to the moon and not give a damn about smog, oil leaks, the devastation of the environment with pesticides, hunger, disease. When the poor share some of the power that the affluent now monopolize, we will give a damn.”
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