App-based work has proven to be a significant source of income for people of color with companies like Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart.
Many workers have turned to app-based platforms in the pandemic as a crucial source for extra income.
As important, most are earning this extra income on their terms, deciding when and where to work, which is allowing workers the flexibility they need as parents, teachers, students, retirees or others looking to save money on the side.
Independent drivers take on the work for many reasons — to support their families, pay for school, supplement income with a second job. There are almost as many reasons to take a “gig” or independent project as there are gig workers. Many states are looking at ways to support independent drivers. We believe any proposal must preserve their independence to allow them the flexibility to work in ways that fit their many different schedules and needs”, said Jaime di Paulo, President & CEO of the IHCC.
“However, we also believe drivers deserve basic protections in the marketplace. Any proposal in Illinois to address the needs of independent drivers should incorporate both their need for flexibility and for protection.”
In fact, 90% of independent workers in Illinois choose to work less than 15 hours/week.
Legislators in Springfield are considering changes in the law that might limit the flexibility app-based workers want and need.
The coalition is gaining traction among those of us who are advocating for economic opportunities in underserved communities, and we will be sure to keep you posted on developments.