Eight years ago Caitlin Pearce left the world of academia to join The Freelancers Union. She worked her way through the ranks and now heads this non-profit organization dedicated to supporting freelancers, i.e. contract workers in the United States. The freelance, or gig economy is here to stay.
The services they offer including educational, health insurance and policy advocacy. This year their efforts helped in the passage of the country’s first law protecting the rights of freelancers, the Freelance Isn’t Free Act. As the so-called gig economy continues to grow it’s ever more urgent that this class of worker understands their rights and how to navigate being a freelancer. Listen to Caitlin Pearce describe their work towards these goals.