Uber is now the third-largest employer in the world. In less than a decade, more than half a billion people will be using on-demand platforms to try to earn a living. It’s an ideal moment, then, to try to figure out how to make those platforms work well for workers. If a gig with Uber has some advantages—a flexible schedule, a stopgap for someone between regular jobs—it can also be challenging to actually make enough money driving to pay the bills.
A nationwide strike Thursday dubbed a “Day Without Immigrants” cast a spotlight on the role of foreign-born workers in the American economy. The walkout at some businesses comes amid a feverish debate over undocumented immigration, foreign trade and President Trump’s temporary travel ban on people from several majority-Muslim nations. Here are 10 key things you should know about the impact of immigrants in the U.S. workforce:
“It’s not the right model for everyone, but we think of it as part of the housing continuum.” Holmes said. “For example, if you’re a community organizer and you don’t have a trust fund, this is a way to have a housing community that you can sustain over decades and still get the perks of homeownership.”
Yet despite the barrage of millennial blaming in the media, young people aren’t buying the narrative that they are responsible for their own misery. Instead, they’re looking at how capitalism affects their lives. A survey conducted by Harvard University in early 2016 found that 51 percent of millennials reject capitalism as an economic system, with only 42 percent saying they support it. A Pew poll from five years earlier shows a similar trend, with 47 percent of millennials expressing dissatisfaction with capitalism.