The number of contingent workers in today’s job market is growing exponentially as more workers are enjoying the flexibility of freelancing offers. Most of them have no lasting love for traditional office environments either.
Enjoying one’s work and feeling productive are fundamentally necessary to any productive worker, but the ability to fix any workplace issues which may be irking them will rank up there to ensure one’s job satisfaction. This is where today’s contingent workers are posting wins for temporary worker’s rights, and entrenching themselves in their chosen career path.
Contingent workers are refusing to be marginalized and learning to fight together against efforts to sideline their demands. They want union memberships, higher pay, better benefits and the flexibility that contingent work offers, which is like having your cake and eating it too. For example, joining unions is helping auto workers to be heard along with the rest of their colleagues.
As more temporary workers take up occupations in information technology and academic fields, requiring more knowledge and skills than jobs in janitorial services, home health care and security, the ability of temporary workers to ensure their welfare is phenomenally higher than ever before.
Check out what contingent employees have been able to leverage recently:
Organizations such as the Freelancer’s Union are offering resources to members to ensure that when their hard work goes unpaid, they have a platform other than expensive litigation to air their grievance against clients who deny them fair compensation. These groups also help with information on what skills are in demand, access to affordable health insurance and other benefits, retirement plans and a myriad other benefits through collective lobbying and bargaining.
Have you joined an organization or union to access resources? If so, which one?
Thanks for reminding me about the Freelancers Union as a resource. I joined and look forward to all of the benefits, knowledge and camaraderie from other freelancers.
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