Shaping the Future of Work

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It’s no accident that the rise of the contingent workforce has mirrored the decline of job standards, benefits and union density.

Like it or not, work in this country has shifted dramatically, but laws haven’t caught up with the changes to our economy. The contingent workforce – subcontracted workers, independent contractors, temporary agency workers, guestworkers and part-time workers – comprise a growing percentage of the workforce: at last count 42.6 million U.S. workers. This is the future of work, yet outdated federal labor and employment laws fail to enable contingent workers to collectively improve their work standards and often leave them with without a social safety net. And it’s no accident that the rise of the contingent workforce has mirrored the decline of job standards, benefits, and union density. Learn more about the steps contingent workers themselves are taking to collectively improve their jobs and hold their real employers accountable as well as other critical policy and regulatory solutions.