The gig economy — perhaps best embodied by companies like Uber and Lyft — may account for less than 1 percent of the workforce. But, it has sparked a debate over what’s fair to those making a living outside typical employment relationships.
Thomas A. Kochan
Thomas A. Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management and co-director of the Institute for Work & Employment Research at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
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First and foremost an enormous thank you goes to the courageous and loyal employees and their families who stood up, together, for each other, for the culture Arthur T. nourished over the years and for fairness in business and employment practices.
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The MIT Sloan School of Management professor says the stakes are too high, and there is too much for all involved to lose, to let the conflict escalate further.
Unless there is a change of course, all parties — owners, employees and customers — will lose.
Thomas Kochan: “This type of broad-based, collective action is unprecedented in modern U.S. labor history.”
The team’s worst to first transformation in a trying time might give us clues on how to rebuild the U.S. economy and democracy into something that again makes us stand tall and proud as one.
Rethinking our narrow definition of capitalism.
MIT is usually recognized for the brain-power of its community. But on Wednesday, as the world watched, we demonstrated that our hearts and souls are just as formidable.
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We should take the announcement as an opening offer in a negotiation over how to get the economy going.