FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Albany, NY – In response to the New York State Legislature’s hearing to review new regulations for the flexible economy, the Flexible Work for New York coalition released the following statement:
“The Flexible Work for New York Coalition is committed to expanding protections for independent workers while maintaining the flexibility that is critical to their lives, and we stand ready to partner with New York lawmakers to make that a reality. Millions of hardworking New Yorkers rely on flexible work to start small businesses, care for loved ones, pursue an education, or supplement their income by working when, where, and for however long they want. New York should seize this opportunity to not only protect independent workers’ rights but to also allow them to work in a way that best suits their lives.”
According to the Department of Labor’s survey of independent workers – the most comprehensive survey of alternative work arrangements in the U.S. economy – independent workers are overwhelmingly satisfied with their work arrangements, and few say they would prefer a traditional form of employment. Moreover, a national 2016 survey showed that most independent workers freelance by choice.
2017 Census data shows that more than 2.7 million independent contractors work in transportation and warehousing; 2.8 million contractors are in personal services (barbers, beauticians, nail technicians, and hairdressers); 2.1 in administrative and support services (includes call centers, hiring agencies and debt collection agencies); 1.7 million specialty trade contractors; and 1.3 million athletes and performing artists.
Flexible Work for New York is a diverse coalition of app-based technology companies, business groups, and civic organizations from across New York State, which is leading the charge to protect workers’ rights to work when, where, and for however long they want. A full list of coalition members can be found at nycoalition4independentwork.com.