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Gig Worker Battle: Silicon Valley Says Worcester County Gains $889M in Economic Impact

Alexander MacDougall, Worcester Business Journal In the latest round of the fight between Silicon Valley and Massachusetts regulators over whether workers for companies like Uber and Lyft should be considered full-time employees, the businesses are pushing a UCLA study showing gig workers have had an economic impact of $899 million...

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Report: Voters might not have final say in referendum

Christian M. Wade, The Eagle Tribune Massachusetts voters go to the polls in November to decide whether Uber and Lyft drivers should be classified as independent contractors, but a new report suggests that might not be the final word on the issue. The report, released Wednesday by Tufts University’s Center...

While labor advocates have continued to push for gig companies to reclassify gig-economy workers, like this Instacart worker here, employees to give them access to more benefits and better wages.. Some workers balked at that notion and have said they enjoy the flexibility being a contractor gives them.DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF

Making gig drivers employees could result in major job loss, study finds

Katie Johnston, Boston Globe If Uber and other gig-economy companies are forced to make Massachusetts drivers employees, and they then require drivers to work at least 20 hours a week on average, between 49,000 and 74,000 job opportunities across four major ride-hailing and food-delivery platforms could be lost, a drop...

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‘Employee model’ not right for this driver

Cape Cod Times My mindset about driving with Uber hasn’t changed since I started with the app in 2019. It’s my go-to for supplemental income, and I prefer not to be a full-time employee for Uber because I’m retired and enjoy the freedom to work as I please.  Consumers and...

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App-based worker classification ballot battle brewing in Massachusetts for second time

Chris Van Buskirk, Boston Herald A battle over the classification of app-based rideshare and delivery drivers is gearing up for the second year in a row after Attorney General Andrea Campbell gave her approval Wednesday to multiple versions of a question that would define those workers as independent contractors. Clearing...