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Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (D) said on Monday that gig workers—like Uber drivers and those who delivery groceries for Instacart—should be allowed to unionize.
Speaking to the Recode Decode podcast, the South Bend, Indiana, mayor said that from a “labor perspective,” the country has to “recognize that gigs are jobs and people who have gigs are workers. And we don’t do that right now.”
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When asked if gig workers should be allowed to unionize, Buttigieg said: “Yes. Yes. And it starts again with the understanding that they are, in fact, workers. Look, you can apply tests to figure out whether somebody really is a contractor or not, and if it looks, walks, quacks like an employee then you need to have those people.”
He also suggested that gig workers receive “the same benefits as if they were employees”—like sick days—if they are classified just as “contractors.”
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“So I think there’s a problem with misclassifying workers as contractors, but I also want to erase some of the magic between whether you’re a contractor or worker in terms of whether you get any benefits,” he said. “If you drive seven hours for Uber, then seven divided by 40 is how much that ought to...
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