The articles in this category examine how new models of worker solidarity intersect with changes in the way we work. They are not necessarily restricted to platform- and algorithm-mediated labor, but many of them do focus on collective activity in the gig economy. Others discuss approaches to collective activity that, though explored in conventional work contexts, are especially relevant for the gig economy. Moreover, because labor law particularly lends itself to both micro- and macro-narratives, the articles listed here vary between conducting in-depth studies of highly localized experiences and broad, national and often multi-national assessments of regulatory infrastructures. Altogether they emphasize an interest in reimagining collective activity based both on who is eligible for protections and how worker voice can be channeled given the realities of contemporary labor exchange.

Bibliographic Entries

Aloisi, Antonio. “Commoditized Workers: Case Study Research on Labor Law Issues Arising from a Set of ‘On Demand/Gig Economy’ Platforms,” (2015-2016).  Read Here

Andrias, Kate. “The New Labor Law.” Yale Law Journal 126 (2016): 2–100. Read Here

Collier, Ruth Berins, V.B. Dubal, and Christopher Carter. “Labor Platforms and Gig Work: The Failure to Regulate.” UC Hastings Research Paper No. 251 (2017). Read Here

Compa, Lance. “Labor at a Crossroads: How Unions Can Thrive in the 21st Century.” Article commissioned for American Labor at a Crossroads: New Thinking, New Organizing, New Strategies Conference (January 27, 2015). Read Here

De Stefano, “Introduction: Crowdsourcing, the Gig Economy and the Law,” (2015-2016).  Read Here

De Stefano, Valerio and Antonio Aloisi. “Fundamental Labour Rights, Platform Work and Human-Rights Protection of Non-Standard Workers.” Bocconi Legal Studies Research Paper Series (2018): 1-22. Read Here

Dubal, V.B. “The Drive to Precarity: A Political History of Work, Regulation, & Labor Advocacy in San Francisco’s Taxi & Uber Economies.” Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law, 38, no. 1 (2017): 73–136. Read Here

Felstiner, “Working the Crowd: Employment and Labor Law in the Crowdsourcing Industry,” (2011)Read Here

Iglitzin, Dmitri, and Jennifer L. Robbins. “The City of Seattle’s Ordinance Providing Collective Bargaining Rights to Independent Contractor For-Hire Drivers: An Analysis Of The Major Legal Hurdles.” Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law 38, no. 1 (2017): 49–72. Read Here

Kneese, Tamara, Alex Rosenblat, and Danah Boyd. “Understanding Fair Labor Practices in a Networked Age.” Data & Society Working Paper. Data & Society Research Institute, October 2014. Read Here

Paul, Sanjukta M. “The Enduring Ambiguities of Antitrust Liability for Worker Collective Action.” Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 47 (2016): 969-1048. Read Here

Paul, Sanjukta M. “Uber as for-Profit Hiring Hall: A Price-Fixing Paradox and Its Implications.” Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law 38, no. 2 (2017): 233–264. Read Here

Sachs, Benjamin I. “Introduction: Labor Scholarship in an Era of Uncertainty.” Theoretical Inquiries in Law 17 (2016): 1-11. Read Here

Salehi, Niloufar, et al. “We Are Dynamo: Overcoming Stalling and Friction in Collective Action for Crowd Workers.” Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Seoul, Republic of Korea, April 18-23, 2015. Read Here

Secunda, Paul M. “The Wagner Model of Labour Law Is Dead—Long Live Labour Law!” Queen’s Law Journal 38, no. 2 (2013): 545-582. Read Here

Shamir, Hila. “Labor Organizing and the Law: Unionizing Subcontracted Labor.” Theoretical Inquiries in Law 17 (2016): 229-255. Read Here