The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop #02013

Submission Number:
02013
Commenter:
Steven Cwik
State:
California
Initiative Name:
The "Sharing" Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators A Federal Trade Commission Workshop
Why you would hold a workshop on the sharing economy without inviting any one of the hundreds of thousands of "independent contractors" who happen to be a part of it is beyond me. As someone who has worked for both Uber and Upwork (a freelancer website), I can tell you things are not as great as the heads of Uber, TaskRabbit or AirBnB would have you think. In my case, freelancing has merely been a way to survive while I search for full time work. Let it be known, the rates these so-called technology companies pay after collecting their fair share of fees is not something one can survive on for very long. And it only seems to be getting worse. In the last week I've had interviews with two different companies -- both of which posted positions they claimed were full-time/in-house -- only to learn they were going the contractor route instead. With more and more firms opting out of full-time positions in order to avoid paying taxes, SS and insurance -- those of us looking for such positions are forced to take what we can get on the contractor front, only to get slammed with a giant tax bill at the end of the year and medical bills for services not covered by Obamacare. If you really want to do some good, you'll invite/encourage those who are working such share economy jobs (mostly out of desperation, rather than by choice) to your forum so that we may tell you what's wrong with the system in hopes working to fix it. Anything short of that just seems like one big gigantic circle jerk. But then again, would I expect anything less from such a dysfunctional government?