Several of the nation’s leading app-based platforms today announced a national coalition dedicated to elevating the voices and needs of independent workers. In an effort to meet the needs of the rapidly evolving 21st century workforce, the App-Based Work Alliance will amplify workers’ stories and support policies that protect their ability to set their own schedules and earn income on their terms. In a recent survey by The Rideshare Guy, drivers reported wanting to remain independent by 4-to-1 margin.

“The American economy and the way people work has fundamentally changed, yet public policy hasn’t kept up. Our country’s antiquated benefits system doesn’t reflect how people are working and living in the 21st century,” said Whitney Brennan, spokesperson for the App-Based Work Alliance. “The 57 million Americans who depend on independent work and make up the on-demand economy need modern policies that will give them the ability to receive benefits while protecting their flexibility. Modern portable benefits systems are long overdue, much-needed, and will help to protect independent app-based workers throughout the country.”