The traditional American workplace as we know it is changing. The days when employees spent decades working for a single employer are gone, and many of the benefits and securities of that old relationship have slowly disappeared with them.
Instead, over the past decades, a new norm for many modern workers has emerged—exemplified in part by the short-term, piecemeal work done by people in the "gig economy," from Uber drivers to "TaskRabbits" to freelance journalists.
Join us as we invite TCF senior fellow Shayna Strom and Caitlin Pearce of Freelancers Union, and labor reporter Cole Stangler to discuss the future of work in America. In an era of shifting employee-employer relationships and diminishing worker protections, is it time for a new social contract? What can today's graduates expect of tomorrow's economy?
Shayna Strom is a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, where she works on issues related to the future of work, future of organizing, poverty, and inequality. She is also a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, teaching classes on “Making Social Change.” She has worked with several prominent foundations and spent a number of years in government. Previously, she did organizing work in Ohio, New York, and New Jersey. In her spare time, she was a founding senior editor and writer for Next City, a nonprofit journalistic outlet about cities.
Caitlin Pearce is Director of Member Engagement at Freelancers Union, the nation's largest group representing the growing independent workforce. Overseeing advocacy, education, and community growth for the 300,000-member union, Caitlin is a guiding force in the union's drive to help the new workforce build a more sustainable, mutualistic society. She is currently leading Freelance Isn't Free, a national campaign to put an end to nonpayment and late payment for independent workers. She lives in Brooklyn and moonlights as a freelance musician.
Cole Stangler writes about labor and the environment at In These Times. His reporting has also appeared in The Nation, VICE, The New Republic, The American Prospect, and International Business Times.
A selection of wine and cheese will be served.
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