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What you said about what we said last week
Last week’s cover stories on the 1099 economy in D.C. covered misclassification of independent contractors, musicians who savor the freedom of dog walking, and whether or not the Affordable Care Act unleashed an entrepreneurial spirit in D.C. Andrew Giambrone wrote about a Postmates courier who filed a lawsuit against the company and the implications of its outcome for the on-demand industry nationwide. “Ordered from Postmates once upon rec of Silicon Valley-ish friend. Felt super shady. My gut was right,” @APalleschi tweeted. Sarah Anne Hughes presented the scope of misclassification, from the construction industry to exotic dancing. Eugene G. Johnson tweeted, “Millennials need stable jobs now. Independent contracts amount to wage theft.” Finally, Ron Knox’s story on dog walkers provided Dan Trombly with the peace he was looking for: “@ronmknoxDC answers a question hounding me for months: ‘is everyone I meet at shows walking dogs now?’”
Green at the gills
In last week’s Loose Lips column, Will Sommer wrote about the increasing criticism Mayor Muriel Bowser faces for the warrantless search provisions of a crime bill she’s backed and a Green Team political action committee she’s associated with, among other causes for complaint. Even the Washington Post editorial board has turned on the mayor over the PAC. Our readers did not come to her defense, either. WARD4NDC wrote, “Mayor Muriel Bowser fate will be like her sister girlfriend in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Due to her incompetence, handling of the riots, and her aloofness, Muriel Bowser is hated by most of the people and she will be a one time Mayor like Adrian Malik Fenty.”
Responding to a Bowser spokesperson’s assertion that “folks have a thick skin, and we remain focused,” Big Pete commented, “I’m sure you do when you take bribes—er uh, ‘donations’—from any and every developer and you can afford mink coats to cover said skin. Always cool to stock a war chest with big business money to take out folks who don’t represent big business. Bowser might as well be a republican with all these BS tactics. She’s proven she can raise money, but she has NEVER proved she knows how to legislate or lead.” And just in case the tone isn’t coming through, here’s what impeachemall wrote, “Good grief! Doesn’t every DC resident know that ‘what’s going on’ is that Bowser’s sucking up to her corporate owners/funders and throwing the rest of us under the bus!!” To which noodlez replied, “UMMM YES.”
Department of Corrections
The cover package story on the scope of worker misclassification incorrectly stated that Gregg Greenberg’s firm is representing Talayna Clements. She is being represented Michelle Lanchester.
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