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Clinton Attacks Innovative Firms Like Uber

- October 11, 2015

Throughout Her Campaign, Clinton Has Promised To "Crack Down" On On-Demand Firms, Using Rhetoric That Is "Sure To Worry Uber And Other Techno-Middlemen." "And she promised to crack down on firms who 'wrongly' classify their employees as contractors rather than employees-rhetoric which is sure to worry Uber and other techno-middlemen. The digital revolution, Ms Clinton said, is sparking innovations and bringing flexibility but also threatens to undermine labour regulations." (H.C., "The Kitchen Sink," The Economist , 7/13/15)

In An "Allusion To A Class Of Companies Of Which Uber Is The Largest And Most Prominent," Clinton Has "Warned" Of A So-Called "Gig Economy." "Meanwhile, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton recently warned that the 'on-demand, or so-called 'gig economy'' is 'raising hard questions about workplace protections' - not an explicit reference to Uber but an allusion to a class of companies of which Uber is the largest and most prominent." (Timothy B. Lee, "Uber Is the Perfect Poster Child For The Republican Economic Agenda," Vox, 7/24/15)

Clinton's Comments On The Sharing Economy Have "Struck A Nerve" In Silicon Valley, Which Is Home To Young Start-Ups Like Uber, Instacart And Airbnb. "Presidential contender Hillary Clinton's comments on Monday on the sharing economy struck a nerve in Silicon Valley, home of such companies as Uber, Instacart and Airbnb. 'This 'on demand,' or so-called 'gig economy,' is creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation but it's also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future,' Clinton said in her first major economic speech as a Democratic candidate for the November 2016 presidential election." (Sarah McBride, "Clinton's Sharing-Economy Remarks Draw Reaction In Silicon Valley," Reuters, 7/13/15)

Economists However Dispute The Notion Of A So-Called 'Gig-Economy' As The Share Of Americans Who Are Self-Employed And Unincorporated Has "Slowly Declined Over The Past Decade." "Many workers cobbling a living from tech platforms in the gig economy should be classified as self-employed. But the share of Americans who are self-employed and unincorporated has slowly declined over the past decade, to about 6.5% of workers today, down from as high as 7.7% in 2005 and as high as 8.5% in the mid-1990s, according to Labor Department figures." (Josh Zumbrun and Anna Louie Sussman, "Proof Of A 'Gig Economy' Revolution Is Hard To Find," The Washington Post, 7/27/15)


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