OVERTHECOURSEOFSEVERALMONTHS, Uber, Lyft, Instacart, DoorDash, and Postmates invested more than $200 million in a scheme to strip their workers of labor protections guaranteed under California state law.
USEDTOBETHATGIGWORKERS were those cool cats blowing a mean sax into the wee hours. After the show they’d be sipping Canadian Club with the quartet until sunrise. Now even the tone deaf can get a gig. All you need is a car and the willingness to shop for someone else’s groceries, deliver carryout, or chauffeur random strangers.
Although academic historians of the last generation have given voice to new perspectives and theories of historical change around Ford, the textbook view has not strayed far from the narrative constructed by Ford’s biographers.