Platform Cooperativism Resource Library


This paper investigates a different approach to tackling the challenges of “gig workers” in labor-based platform companies. The two current strategies are government regulation and the formation of platform cooperatives. The authors offer a third strategy, which is to democratize and adapt the Employee Stock Ownership Plan in order to obtain co-ownership in the local subsidiaries of labor-based platforms. This option gives municipal and national authorities a new instrument with which to govern the platform sector. The focus of the paper is on labor-based platforms, which are defined as platforms that offer labor services, rely on technology to lower labor costs, and are usually natural monopolies (e.g.,  Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, etc).
Added January 31, 2023