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Raw Deal: How the "Uber Economy" and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers

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The US workforce, which has been one of the world's most productive and wealthiest, is undergoing an alarming transformation. Increasing numbers of workers find themselves on shaky ground, turned into freelancers, temps and contractors. Even many full-time and professional jobs are experiencing this precarious shift. Within a decade, a near-majority of the 145 million empl ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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John Gurney
Jan 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
I drive for Uber and Lyft; this book is a hyperbolic screed. Every paragraph drips with negative emotion as author Steven Hill attacks Uber, repeatedly calling the ridesharing company "creepy" and worse.

Hill is one-sided in his use of anecdotes, writing Uber is dangerous. Why? Because an Uber driver in Mumbai, India raped a passenger. He makes no effort to address if taxi drivers rape passengers (they do). He uses one terrible incident, out of all the world's Uber drivers, sensationalizes it, an
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Share the crumbs" economy is coming....
A very insight book about how freelancing society we are living in now. At the beginning, we embraced the low price on our products, accepting low quality came with low price, jobs flew to Asian cheap waged countries (from US angle). Now it's turn of "service"/"labor", with the help of internet app, who offered the lowest price get the customers. Uber and Airbnb are the example to open the door for so called the solution for "increasing" freelancing socie
Alicia Fox
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book touches several topics, some well, some poorly. Hill starts by discrediting Uber, AirBnB, and TaskRabbit as modern-day feudalism. He's quite right about their faulty businesses models, to some degree, but his writing is spotty. In short, according to Hill, these companies' business models treat workers poorly. Hill then goes on a rant about modern businesses of all types forcing workers into a race to the bottom. I'm not sure that readers unfamiliar with these topics will be able to ke ...more
Paul Froehlich
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Welcome to the Freelance Society,” writes Steven Hill. His simple premise is that the American job market is rapidly changing – mostly to the detriment of the average worker. That worker has less stability, lower compensation and a skimpier safety net than his counterparts a generation ago. Consequently, we need to update the social contract – codified by the New Deal for a much different economy – to establish for freelancers and independent contractors the same legal protections that full-tim ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Repetitive pro-union nonsense, that could have been a pamphlet. Started way too many sentences with a conjunction. Still, it gave intense scrutiny to upstart employment types, which is fair, as they are just filling a need, and over-reaching as they attempt to profit.

However, the author failed to squarely rest the outdated labor regulations, the impetus of the industry disrupters, on those benefiting most, the government.

New Deal needs a fresh look, and Congress should address burdensome tax l
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wrote about this book in this piece:
Erik Surewaard
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading quite some books on platform companies like e.g. Airbnb and Uber, I understood that many of these Silicon Valley startups support the so-called libertarism. A political ideology that wants to get rid of government control as much as possible. This to give the companies as much comtrol as possible without limitations of mandatory rules like e.g. employee insurances etc.

I understood that the author Ayn Rand with here books like The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are the must read bo
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Workers of the world, policy makers, and anyone getting screwed by employers / force to 'frelance'
Recommended to Josh by: shelf @UAPL
This is one of the best books I've read in a while on the sad state of employee / employer relations in the modern United States. Many of the things I've said over the years regarding the cavalier attitude of companies like Uber, Air BNB, and oDesk towards laws and regulations were addressed. Also addressed, in significant depth, is the "1099-ing" of regular employees and making them "contractors" ~ as a truck driver, I saw this extensively with a number of companies, but heavily with Fed-Ex (wh ...more
Feb 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Mostly just an opinionated rant. It seems the "author" is an "expert" at the sarcastic usage of quotation marks....

Guess I should have known from the title that I was getting into 1-star terrain.
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm really interested in this topic but book was not well organized and poorly edited.
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