Uberworked and Underpaid

Uberworked and Underpaid

How Workers Are Disrupting the Digital Economy

Book - 2017
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This book is about the rise of digital labor. Companies like Uber and Amazon Mechanical Turk promise autonomy, choice, and flexibility. One of network culture's toughest critics, Trebor Scholz chronicles the work of workers in the "sharing economy," and the free labor on sites like Facebook, to take these myths apart.

In this rich, accessible, and provocative book, Scholz exposes the uncaring reality of contingent digital work, which is thriving at the expense of employment and worker rights.

The book is meant to inspire readers to join the growing number of worker-owned "platform cooperatives," rethink unions, and build a better future of work. A call to action, loud and clear, Uberworked and Underpaid shows that it is time to stop wage theft and "crowd fleecing," rethink wealth distribution, and address the urgent question of how digital labor should be regulated and how workers from Berlin, Barcelona, Seattle, and São Paulo can act in solidarity to defend their rights.
Publisher: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire :, Polity Press,, 2017, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780745653563
Branch Call Number: 331. 76138433 SCH
Characteristics: x, 242 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 18, 2017

The author makes some good points about the abuses of workers in the gig economy: Uber, Taskrabbit, etc. and offers quite a few examples and quotes from other authors. You definitely see the view that workers are trapped in these pseudo jobs: university-educated young people making much less than a living wage. It is not a liberating force at all! Sadly, this book is just not well written. Too bad because the growing gig economy is a serious threat to our continued prosperity -- a threat that governments and most people haven't clued in on yet.

Feb 03, 2017

Back in the early '00s, when it should have been obvious to all that the offshoring of American jobs was rapidly increasing [and the insourcing of foreign visa replacement workers], the gentleman behind Tradewatch.org showed up on the University of Washington campus to discuss it, and about 7 people showed up in a hall which held hundreds, a most abysmal event.
This is all part of the // gig economy \\ which the sheeple are as obvlivious to as they still are to jobs offshoring [been fighting against it since 1980] and the insourcing of foreign replacement workers, part of the offshoring process.
Uber, AirBnB, TaskRabbit, et cetera, et cetera, will be the future as not enough countries and cities have moved against them [Uber = unregulated taxi company; AirBnB = unregulated hotels and motels; TaskRabbit = unregulated labor, et cetera].
There was a reason why President Carter did something he never promised during his campaign: did away with federal anti-usury regulations!
Ferdinand Lundberg long ago labelled America the ultimate plutocracy - - this is the logical outcome of predatory capitalism.

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