Scott Rodd Stateline.org Published 10:32 PM EDT Mar 24, 2019 Sacramento, Calif. —It started with installing some red and green LED lights. Then came the disco balls, neon eyeglasses and a gold Bluetooth karaoke microphone. Daniel Flannery had transformed the car he drives for Uber and Lyft into a party on wheels. “You put everything together, and it encourages people to loosen up,” he said. “Sometimes, I have people call me up and say, ‘We don’t want to go anywhere – we just want to drive around and sing.’” Flannery, who drives to supplement his retirement income, said he loves the freedom that comes with it – setting his own schedule and adding his own flair to what he dubs his “Swag Rides.” Much of that freedom comes from being classified as an independent contractor. But a 2018 California Supreme Court decision could change the nature of working in the gig economy while providing a model for other … [Read more...] about Gig economy workers gain security, but at what cost?
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Staff and wire reports Published 4:24 PM EST Feb 15, 2019 Amazon’s breakup with New York was still fresh when other cities started sending their own valentines to the online giant. Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens and Warren Mayor Jim Fouts joined representatives from other jilted suitors such as Newark, Chicago and others letting Amazon know they are interested in a relationship with the tech giant. “Hey @amazon .... @CityWindsorON and @CityofDetroit would love to have you reconsider our 1 campus - 2 country idea,” Dilkens tweeted. “Get the best talent in both countries! New York may not want you, we do!” Dilkens said leaders in Michigan, Detroit and Windsor continue to work together on different ideas since coming together for the $4 billion incentive package offered to Amazon that didn’t make the cut. Dilkens said he is unaware of any greater efforts to reach out to Amazon since it said it would not build a new headquarters in New York and expand … [Read more...] about Amazon dumped NY, but Warren, Windsor, others persist
Mike Catalini, Associated Press Updated 11:54 am PST, Friday, February 15, 2019 FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2017, file photo, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, right, speaks while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands behind him during an announcement in Newark, N.J. Officials in Newark, which was one of the 18 finalists that Amazon rejected in November when it announced it would split its HQ2 between New York and northern Virginia, sent a giant heart that said “NJ & Newark Still Love U, Amazon!” The love note came despite Amazon saying it’s not seeking a new site. less FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2017, file photo, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, right, speaks while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stands behind him during an announcement in Newark, N.J. Officials in Newark, which was ... more Photo: Seth Wenig, AP … [Read more...] about Amazon dumped New York, but cities still wooing the company