Huffington Post: Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” Redux in the Sharing Economy

By Steven Hill, World Post/Huffington Post, January 21, 2016

Fifty-one years ago, Bob Dylan’s song “Maggie’s Farm,” a brilliant satire that compared the job prospects of that generation’s youth to that of working on a dystopian plantation, was released on Dylan’s album “Bringing It All Back Home.” The owners, Maggie,...

Salon: Uber and Lyft’s big new lie: Their excuse for avoiding regulation is falling apart

By Steven Hill, Salon, January 16, 2016

Did Lyft just admit it’s a taxi company after all? Ridesharing companies pretend to be tech firms. They’re not.

Recently Lyft and General Motors made a grand announcement, with all the hoopla meant to convey that this announcement is a really big deal: ta-daaaa, a joint partnership...

Benefits for the Rest of Us: The growing ranks of contingent workers need a new deal.

By Steven Hill, Washington Monthly, January/February 2016

The safety net for American workers and their families, which in the post-World War II era has been a cornerstone of the middle class, is under assault. Though the economy is growing, for most Americans it feels more like a recession than...

Observer: Car Wars: Uber Forces Democrats to Fight Over the Soul of the Party

By Steven Hill, Observer, December 15, 2015

A leading Democrat was telling fellow Democrats to reject union and collective bargaining rights for Uber drivers

It was another Battle in Seattle, and this time the good guys won. Like so many previous battles, the theater of conflict was over the...

Steven Hill at Town Hall in Seattle – How the ‘Uber Economy’ and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers

By  Steven Hill, Town Hall,  December 7, 2015

Video of Steven Hill’s talk at Town Hall in Seattle based on his book Raw Deal: How the ‘Uber Economy’ and Runaway...

Seattle Times: The ‘shared economy’ is further hurting workers’ rights

By Steven Hill, Seattle Times, December 5, 2015

The U.S. workforce, which has been one of the most productive and wealthiest in the world, is undergoing an alarming transformation. A significant factor in the decline of the quality of jobs has been employers’ increasing reliance on “non-regular” employees —...

Salon: Airbnb’s tricky new numbers game: The tax-evading, neighborhood-gutting loophole they exploit — at everyone’s expense

By Steven Hill, Salon, December 3, 2015

Hotel taxes and zoning laws shouldn’t be disrupted. If Airbnb stopped releasing selective data, they wouldn’t be

A new article in the New York Times blares the headline that many have been waiting for:  “Airbnb Releases Trove of New York City Home-Sharing Data.”...

Steven Hill and NY Times’ Eduardo Porter in Conversation: The Uber Economy

Graduate Center at CUNY, November 19, 2015

Steven Hill, author of Raw Deal: How the “Uber Economy” and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers, joins New York Times columnist Eduardo Porter for a timely discussion. Introduced by Janet Gornick, director of the Luxembourg Income Study Center.…

KQED Forum: Steven Hill On Why the ‘Uber Economy’ is Bad For Workers

KQED Forum with Michael Krasny, November 19, 2015

In his new book “Raw Deal”, author Steven Hill takes on Airbnb, as well as Uber, Lyft and TaskRabbit, arguing for greater regulations on their operations and safety-net protections for workers. Listen to the interview on NPR-affiliate KQED in San Francisco.…

Q&A with Wall Street Journal: Airbnb, Uber, and Is the Gig Economy Tearing Apart Our Cities

Wall Street Journal, November 3, 2015

By Josh Zumbrun

With the flick of fingers across a phone, people can now summon a driver, rent an apartment for the night or hire a handyman.  The companies that make this possible–behind, say, the ride-hailing app Uber or the short-term rental app Airbnb–are...