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Exchange Exemplar: Gig Work, Heaven Or Hell?


If you work regularly and you have never received a W-2, you are probably a gig worker. That category of kinda-employed-but-not-really has mushroomed in recent years.

And while it allows the likes of Uber and Lyft to run a business with lower overhead, it creates some real issues for the people who do the work. Sociologist Alexandrea Ravenelle talked to a lot of those people for her book Hustle and Gig: Struggling and Surviving in the Sharing Economy.

The book is pre-pandemic (and pre-Prop 22, which kept California gig workers out of the W-2 ranks), but the main lessons are still valid. We revisit our interview with the author, from 2019.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.