Who We Are
The Illinois Coalition for Independent Work (ICIW) is working to preserve flexibility and independence for app-based workers and provide the benefits and protections all workers deserve.
In Illinois, independent workers are parents, teachers, students, retirees, and others who want to work on their own terms. Whether they are turning to app-based platforms to provide extra spending money, or as an earning opportunity between jobs in an economic downturn, independent workers benefit from being able to call their own shots and set their own schedules on the job. App-based workers should not have to choose between their personal lives and their jobs. We are advocating for a new approach to app-based work where workers keep their flexibility and independence, while also receiving new benefits.
A new ALG Research poll shows overwhelming support by Illinois drivers and registered Illinois voters for a new approach that would allow drivers to remain independent contractors while receiving benefits, including access to a “portable benefits fund,” which would be paid into by app-based delivery companies and would allow drivers to put that benefit money toward health care, retirement, paid leave, or earnings replacement.
In fact, 64% of drivers support the proposed new approach that combines independence and flexibility, while Black and Latino voters are particularly supportive of the new approach, with 71% and 81% respectively supporting the new approach.
Other data shows that median earnings for Chicago drivers are up to $35/hr before tips. With some policymakers in Chicago proposing surge caps or regulatory and wage changes for drivers that could limit their flexibility and independence, it’s imperative we elevate drivers’ voices and stories to ensure their livelihoods are protected.
These independent workers deserve access to benefits and protections that those in other sectors of the economy are able to receive. Illinois has an opportunity to advocate for a different path, one that protects independence while also providing benefits to app-based workers.