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Workers who risk their lives to run others’ errands should have basic benefits: Personal protection, a minimum wage, health insurance and more
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Workers who risk their lives to run others’ errands should have basic benefits: Personal protection, a minimum wage, health insurance and more

Authors Allison Preiss and Karla Walter explain how cities and states can protect gig-economy workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

The coronavirus pandemic — and the sudden rise of stay-at-home orders — has revealed to many that positions once considered low wage, replaceable, or even “unskilled” are in fact central to even the bare functioning of our economy.

With at least 270 million Americans across the country under instruction to shelter in place, many have turned to “gig economy” apps to get groceries, toilet paper, or even their favorite restaurant meal delivered to their door with just a matter of clicks.

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Authors

Karla Walter

Senior Director, Employment Policy

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