10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday


David Bensman, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations
Leonard Smith, Teamsters Local 117
Ross Eisenbrey, Economic Policy Institute
Caroline Fredrickson, American Constitution Society
Chris Owens, National Employment Law Project

The income of millions of Americans today is captured on 1099 forms. They aren’t protected by labor laws, and most don’t have social insurance coverage or company benefits. Others are not covered by the Fair Labor Standards and Wagner Acts. And some are in a “grey area,” where it is harder to tell if they are entitled to legal and social protections. So who is in this 1099 economy and how can they gain a voice, as well as the protection of collective contracts, employment and labor laws and social insurance programs? This panel will examine organizing challenges and outline the legal and employment policies that can bring them out of the trap of precarious labor.