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#4688016 - 03/07/18 07:47 PM Modern Sweat Shops: Gig Economy, e.g. Uber, Lyft
Y_K Offline


Registered: 05/29/09
Posts: 2149
Loc: WA (USA)
MIT VC Study correlates with the numbers in my area. No amount of talking out would work for my friends. For the equivalent initial capital outlay one could have a choice of "buy yourself a job" businesses.

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#4688042 - 03/07/18 08:12 PM Re: Modern Sweat Shops: Gig Economy, e.g. Uber, Lyft [Re: Y_K]
Mr Nice Offline


Registered: 09/12/04
Posts: 21196
Loc: Orlando, FL
Gig type jobs are increasing quickly.

There's still tons of quality non gig type jobs available.

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#4691030 - 03/10/18 11:55 PM Re: Modern Sweat Shops: Gig Economy, e.g. Uber, Lyft [Re: Y_K]
HondaBroMike Offline


Registered: 11/02/17
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Doesn't the retailer "Forever 21" use sweat shops? The good news here is they can't complain about no air-conditioning but our workers can??


Edited by HondaBroMike (03/10/18 11:56 PM)
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#4691225 - 03/11/18 09:13 AM Re: Modern Sweat Shops: Gig Economy, e.g. Uber, Lyft [Re: Y_K]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
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Loc: OH
I think that the gig economy was largely a child of the last recession, where for a number of years we had too many people chasing jobs in what was an employer's market.
Today, there are lots of wage-paying jobs available at all skill levels, so there is less need for people to accept the meager returns that can be earned in most gig arrangements.
OTOH, there are those who have skills who look to short-term temping either to supplement their current income or for the flexibility that it offers.
Some of these gig opportunities seem like a joke in which the individual takes on all the costs and risks while the controlling company reaps much of the revenue.
I wonder how long the average participant stays active with Uber, Lyft or Shipt?
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#4691240 - 03/11/18 09:33 AM Re: Modern Sweat Shops: Gig Economy, e.g. Uber, Lyft [Re: Y_K]
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Registered: 09/12/04
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I'd rather work at a supermarket than drive for Uber or Lyft. If people are willing to drive for peanuts and take on all the risks, that's their decision. Uber and Lyft manipulates their contract 1099 drivers like puppets on a string. Way too many drivers for the amount of rides needed.

With a currently strong economy, why work a [censored] gig type job when you can pursue a well paying career with great benefits ?

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#4691319 - 03/11/18 10:38 AM Re: Modern Sweat Shops: Gig Economy, e.g. Uber, Lyft [Re: Mr Nice]
fdcg27 Offline


Registered: 09/25/09
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We're on the same page.
What'll happen when some of these firms have churned through all of the prospective gigers?
I suppose it doesn't much matter since they'll have made their pile by then.
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#4691353 - 03/11/18 11:10 AM Re: Modern Sweat Shops: Gig Economy, e.g. Uber, Lyft [Re: Y_K]
JustinH Offline


Registered: 04/17/04
Posts: 5177
Loc: Texas
It works for some people.

If you work part time, and need to drive a few hours a week, I don't know of a job that will let you start and stop as you please, and set your own hours.

I rode all over Vegas on Lyft a few months back. Every one of the drivers had a nice car, some were high dollar v8 mercedes, Lexus, etc.

They either are doing something right, or they are living above their means to keep luxury items.
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#4693046 - 03/12/18 11:28 PM Re: Modern Sweat Shops: Gig Economy, e.g. Uber, Lyft [Re: Y_K]
daves87rs Offline


Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 16964
Loc: Michigan
Had to many issues with those here...not sure I would want to be robbed....
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