California, the state whose economy is not quite double Canada's, sees the gig economy differently. There it's the hallmark of neo-feudalism and they're working to drive it out.
Labor leaders cheered in the balcony and lawmakers embraced on the floor of the California Senate on Tuesday as it passed a landmark measure that defines employees, a move that could increase wages and benefits for hundreds of thousands of struggling workers.
But the bill is as much a starting point as an endgame: It will drive a national debate over how to reshape labor laws fashioned in the industrial era of the 1930s to fit a 21st-century service and knowledge economy.
With the measure, which Gov. Gavin Newsom says he will sign, California will lead in a shift that will likely redefine the roles of governments, unions and worker organizations. Just as federal labor laws were promulgated to help the country recover from the Depression, the imperative to extend basic guarantees like a minimum wage stems from the staggering income inequality in California, the state with the highest poverty rate in the country.
...The “new economy, the gig economy, the innovation economy” is “feudalism all over again,” said the Assembly speaker, Anthony Rendon, a Los Angeles Democrat.There's a term for this California initiative. It's called "progressive democracy." That is what caused me to start this blog a dozen years ago. Our governments have given away far too much sovereign power to the corporate sector with every free trade deal they've inked. Ordinary Canadians have been 'sold' into neoliberalism and Morneau's 'job churn' future speaks volumes.
Some think this is about Uber and Lyft drivers. It's not. It is about all sorts of those under the boot of the gig economy. Read this.