Independent workers like us--whether we find gigs through apps, personal networks, temp agencies, or otherwise--are becoming the new working majority in America. As many as 40% of U.S. workers are already "contingent" in one form or another.
Independent work can come with freedom and flexibility, but it shouldn't come at the expense of security. We all deserve to have a safety net when we need it—and we don't have one now.
We're asking you, as a legislator who cares about the future of work in [your state], to commit to three principles:
Independent workers deserve both flexibility and security.
Elected officials in [your state] should to partner with businesses and workers to move toward a system of portable benefits--such as health insurance, worker’s compensation, unemployment, paid leave and sick days, and retirement savings plans--that workers can take with them from job to job or gig to gig.
The rules of the new economy can't be written by regulators and businesses alone--independent workers need to have a voice and a seat at the table to make sure that we all prosper in the new economy.