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Saturday, February 3 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
How the gig economy is reshaping labor rights

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The gig economy — think: Uber, Postmates, Task Rabbit — is radically reshaping work in America. These new platforms offer new flexibility in work schedules and incredible convenience for consumers, but the new work is coming without the same protections traditional jobs have offered, from forming a union to saving for retirement. Now, some gig economy workers and lawmakers want to change that. We’ll talk to a labor law expert, a state representative and gig workers about efforts to allow ride-hailing drivers to unionize and other moves to create security and equity in a disruptive economy.

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Heidi Groover (Moderator)

Heidi Groover is a reporter at The Stranger, where she has covered local politics, transportation, and labor. She previously worked at The Inlander in Spokane and Willamette Week in Portland.
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Charlotte Garden

Charlotte Garden is an expert in labor law and the regulation of work & workers. She is an Associate Professor and co-Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development at the Seattle University School of Law. Professor Garden's scholarship focuses on the intersection of work law and... Read More →
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Debra Jeffs-Grad

Debra Jeffs-Grad is a retired R.N. and Clinical Social Worker. She is an active grandmother and fiber artist. She began driving for Uber part time 2 and a half years ago for her travel fund. She has been a Union member in the past, but now very much appreciates the flexibility of... Read More →
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Monica Stonier

Representative Monica Stonier was elected to serve the 49th Legislative District in Vancouver, Washington in the 2016 election. She is the Vice Chair to the House Education Committee and serves on the Healthcare and Wellness Committee, Capital Budget Committee, and the Rules Committee... Read More →

Saturday February 3, 2018 2:00pm - 2:45pm PST
Wyckoff Auditorium