Freelancers are organizing to combat new legislation that restricts their ability to earn a living, which is exactly what the AFL-CIO doesn’t want. A stronghold of the labor movement since the two entities merged in 1955, the AFL-CIO’s survival depends on an increase in unionization. As the old industries die or move overseas, the union of unions needs to reach new sectors.
Its latest attempt is through joining with local lawmakers to craft legislation that would either forcefully organize workers who are not even classified as employees, or deny them their right to earn a living on their own terms. The AFL-CIO helped craft California’s disastrous AB-5, which is being used as a basis for similar legislation across the United States, and is behind lawmakers in