On demand employees, also know as “gig workers,” may be able to enter in a collective bargaining agreement, according to a recent news feature from the Los Angeles Times.
These gig workers – so named after musicians’ use of the term “gig,” referring to a scheduled performance – include Lyft and Uber drivers, who operate like on-demand taxi drivers. They’ve been having a lot of trouble based upon the fact that their employer wants to consider them independent contractors entitled to a lot less than statutory employees, because it is a more cost effective model for the company. It should be noted the California Labor Commission has twice ruled that these drivers are employers and not employees and are entitled to things such as workers’ compensation. Continue reading