San Francisco (Reuters) — When the “gig economy” was in its infancy, progressive thought leaders said mythical “unicorn” companies would one day help people work whenever and wherever they wanted.
It was going to be the best thing for workers since capitalists enslaved women with washing machines and microwave ovens.
Today, the disruptive unicorns — private companies valued at $1 billion or more — are no longer the stuff of legend. They’re everywhere. And they’re among the most hated companies in America.
“Unexpectedly, the utopia of part-time work has become a slave market where the gig worker is only three-fifths of a person,” said presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.
“I still believe disruption is good, but we need a new Three-Fifths Compromise for the modern slaves of capitalism,” Warren said. “And I have a plan for that.”
Warren’s plan is to outlaw the gig economy, unionize workers, and make them all hourly employees. And support for the plan is growing.
“Once we force gig workers to join a union, clock in at 8 a.m. and take their breaks on schedule, they won’t feel like wage slaves anymore,” Warren said at a recent campaign stop.