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 need to work on their own terms. Whether they are turning to app-based platforms to provide extra spending money, or as a means of income 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. Moving these opportunities to traditional employment models schedules would hinder the ability for these workers to make supplemental income. Throughout the pandemic, access to independent work has become even more critical amidst increasing traditional unemployment.
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.