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.



Share Your Voice

We want to help amplify independent worker voices so policymakers hear from you directly. Join our coalition if you want to protect your independence and access benefits. There are lots of different ways to support the effort. The important part is having your voice heard.

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Worker Impact

Flexibility and independence are critically important to independent workers like rideshare and delivery drivers who work around family needs, make extra money between jobs or school, or supplement other sources of income. Research shows that drivers nationally, by a 4-to-1 ratio, want to remain independent, according to an independent poll from the Rideshare Guy.
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Consumer & Community Impact

App-based platforms have provided access to transportation that individuals and small businesses have come to rely on – particularly in the pandemic. This includes those who can’t leave their homes and rely on meal and grocery delivery, essential workers that need to move around their cities without a car, and more.

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