About a week ago, radio-show host Bob Zadek read this article that I wrote in the new issue of Reason. It’s about legislation that threatens the careers of freelance writers and editors like me, as well as millions more Americans in more than 300 professions.
Zadek was kind enough to have me on his show yesterday for a full hour as the only guest, live on the air up and down the U.S. West Coast. We talked about my article and a whole lot more, to try and help listeners understand the threat this type of labor legislation poses. We discussed California’s AB5, New Jersey’s S863 and the federal PRO Act.
Yesterday’s show is now downloadable as a podcast here, or on iTunes or Stitcher.
I was incredibly disappointed this past weekend in The New York Times. I’m a print subscriber, and I truly value the news reporters and editors there. They do work that is second to none, anywhere in the world, when it comes to digging out and publishing important facts.
But the folks running the editorial/opinion page right now are a whole other story. They seem to lack even the most basic standards of research, most recently evidenced in this editorial that led the Sunday section. It’s about a labor law issue that my fellow freelance journalists and I care deeply about, because it threatens to destroy our careers. The Times Editorial Board blindly supported highly controversial legislation without even seeming to understand that basic fact.
I wrote this rebuttal today for DailyKos, urging readers to understand what this legislation really is. The Times Editorial Board led readers to believe that it’s only about the cost of an Uber ride. The truth is far, far more complicated.
New Jersey’s largest newspaper published this op-ed that I wrote on Jan. 9—the same day that, after two months of intense pushback from freelancers like myself, NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney said he would stop pushing anti-freelancer legislation through the lame-duck session in Trenton.
The legislation is likely to be back, though, in the next legislative session, putting the careers of thriving freelancers like me squarely in the crosshairs. The AFL-CIO is pushing bills like these nationwide, which is why I took the opportunity to speak directly to that organization’s New Jersey leader in this piece.
This op-ed is strongly worded, I know. It needs to be. A lot of thriving careers, including mine, are going to be destroyed if this type of legislation isn’t stopped.
I wrote this op-ed published today by The Washington Post, trying to alert everyone who works as an independent contractor, or whose business hires independent contractors, that what’s going on right now in New Jersey is going to affect employment law for all Americans going forward—for many years to come.
Please, give it a read and share widely. The upshot:
“The independent contractor laws now being written in a handful of states are setting precedents for how the language is going to be written across the country. If we screw this up in New Jersey now, then millions of Americans stand to be screwed over later.”