The Platform Economy and the Future of the City

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 9:00am - Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 12:00pm
Mayor’s Reception Room at City Hall
United States

A Philadelphia convening focused on the impacts of the emergent Platform Economy. Workers and leaders will gather and share ideas about how to make the most of the gig economy while ensuring good jobs.

There are numerous national and global policy debates on how to address the gig economy. However, early stage solutions tend to emerge at the local or municipal level and the state level. The City of Seattle, for example, passed a bill that gave Uber/Lyft and Cab drivers collective bargaining rights; the state of New York passed an “anti-AirBnB” law prohibiting short-term rentals to curb this growing market. Cities and states can regulate “platform companies” in the gig economy to protect workers and inform the business sectors and the public at large about these new dynamics in our local economies.

Philadelphia has not (yet) proactively dealt with the issues surrounding the gig economy. However, our city is not immune to the powerful forces that drastically overhaul our traditional ways of work and labor relations. We all share real concerns, about health, social safety and stability, dignity and sheer quality of life issues for workers in the new economy.

The two-day convening will explore innovative policy, organizing and legal strategies to ensure that the costs and benefits of gig jobs and new platform technologies are equitably shared by all who are impacted. Organizers, academics, lawyers and policy leaders engaged in local, regional, and international efforts will debate and enlighten.  Panels and workshops will allow participants to learn directly from those involved and provide ample time to explore the lessons learned. Proposals shall be forged about future directions and collaborations and smart innovative approaches that the city and region can take to help regulate our own gig economy.  Throughout the convening we expect to organize opportunities for invited guests to have conversations with workers, organizers and others outside of the panels and workshops themselves.

The convening has received input from MIC, the Keystone Research Center, Philadelphia’s Deputy Mayor of Labor,  United Nations Association of Greater Philadelphia, Councilwoman Helen Gym’s Office, the Taxi Workers Alliance of PA, The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, The Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance, Philly Jobs with Justice, SEIU HCPA, Economy League of Great Philadelphia, Media Mobilizing Project and several concerned individuals. Partial funding was received from the Ford Foundation.

Seating is limited and RSVP is required. For more information please contact [email protected]

Full agenda coming soon!

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