Gig News – May 4th

…because contingent academic labor is part of the gig economy, which is becoming the dominant model — not just in the U.S. but globally


This post is part of an ongoing series on labor and the gig economy.

The Recorder profiled Shannon Liss-Riordan, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs in the Uber and Lyft California worker classification suits previously covered by OnLabor and described in detail by Bloomberg BNA.  The profile describes Liss-Riordan’s background and motivations, and provides background on the cases and their implications.  Regarding the cases, the profile notes that “after losing bids for summary judgment last month, Uber brought on a team led by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner Theodore Boutrous Jr., an experienced trial lawyer and Supreme Court advocate, while Lyft added San Francisco litigation powerhouse Keker & Van Nest to its roster” and that  “Liss-Riordan filed a motion for class certification in her Uber case, claiming she will use the company’s contracts with its drivers to “show Uber had baseline policies regarding rules that drivers were required to follow.””…

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About @NatM4Equity

The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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