Upcoming Virtual Events
"Precarious Labor in the Gig Economy: In Search of Workplace Security"
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2
As a result of globalization, economic recession, corporate downsizing, and other events, 20th century patterns of enduring and secure employment have given way to growth of contingent workers in a new and variously termed “share,” “on-demand,” “1099” or, most commonly, “gig” economy. A new class of independent contractors has emerged in response to unstable and insecure work. While this gig economy still represents a small part of U.S. employment, it brings significant changes to the life of work and raises critical questions about the future of work in a context of employment instability and insecurity. Efforts to address these changes are under way. For example, portable benefits programs to mitigate insecurity are being proposed. Is independent contractor work in the gig economy good work? If not, why not and what should society do to make it better?
You are cordially invited to join a virtual conversation to examine these and other questions from the perspectives of contingent workers, economic development, and public policy. Informed by expert panelists, this conversation will explore an important trend in the future of work and allow participants to think more deeply about good work for all people.
- Joe Raso, President and CEO, Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation
- Dr. Shelly Steward, Director of Research, Future of Work Initiative, The Aspen Institute
- Willy Solis, Gig worker for Shipt.com and Lead Organizer, Gig Workers Collective