In an economy dominated by 100,000+ employee firms, centralized unions could effectively serve as advocates for workers’ economic interests, and as powerful partners in ensuring regulation enforcement. An economy with start-ups employing 500 full-time employees and 150,000 W9 contractors or coffee chains with 20,000 storefronts using dynamic scheduling software requires complements to this model, including workplace networks and support for these networks in ensuring enforcement of regulations.
Coworker.org has created a platform through which workers can understand broader dynamics, form networks within their companies, take leadership, and improve their working conditions. With the support of Coworker.org staff, networks run campaigns on employee-selected issues and share information and questions about working conditions. Having facilitated major victories in previously unorganized workplaces and industries, we are tailoring the model to ensure that the forces shaping the on-demand economy lead to greater flexibility, increased wages, and improved job satisfaction.