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  • 70% gig workers lose income (#8)
  • Coronavirus strikes (#12)
  • Music gigs hit by COVID (#5)
  • Protecting freelance journalists (#13)
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USA Today
Christina Pickens knew her situation as a part-time maid was only going to get worse when she lost over $5,000 in wages in the month of March.

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Independent (UK)
I was friends with Ayub Akthar, the Uber driver who lost his life to Covid-19, for years. We were fellow activists, meeting around the time of the formation of United Private Hire Drivers in 2015, when licensed private hire drivers became increasingly anxious by the treatment meted out to them by employers including Uber, Addison Lee, Transport for London and others.

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Security Boulevard
A blended workforce consisting of external organizations, traditional workers and non-traditional workers such as freelancers, remote workers, temporary workers and independent contractors (ICs) can provide an organization with the added potential for collaboration, innovation and timely responses to shifting demands.

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Forbes
Over twenty two million Americans lost their jobs in a little less than a month due to COVID 19. It took the Great Depression more than four years to achieve an equivalent level of unemployment.

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DW
One event after another in Germany’s incomparably rich festival landscape has fallen like dominoes amid the coronavirus pandemic. The effects will be felt beyond the scene and long after the crisis, writes Rick Fulker.

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The New York Times
LOS ANGELES — Just a few weeks ago, Hollywood’s global assembly lines were spinning at full speed.

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CBS Dallas
FORT WORTH – CBS 11’s Doug Dunbar spoke with Texas Workforce Commission Executive Director Ed Serna Thursday, who says all freelance workers, independent workers, etc., should reapply for jobless benefits as soon as possible.

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World Economic Forum
Gig workers are among the hardest hit economically by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey.

Editor’s Note: The COVID-19 crisis has had a major impact on the gig economy. Here, Josephine Moulds analyzes the results from a new report that indicates a sharp decline in income for freelancers, and the fact that only 23% of gig workers have some money saved.

New York Times
Even as political leaders wrangle over how and when to restart the American economy, the coronavirus pandemic’s devastation became more evident Thursday with more than 5.2 million workers added to the tally of the unemployed.

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Pymnts.com
Before Uber and Lyft built handy smartphone apps for their own gig workforce, freelancers acquired most jobs via word-of-mouth referrals, had harrowing second lives as bill collectors often waiting months to be paid, and taking the occasional spec job on good faith only to be burned for payment after work is completed. Then, just like that, everything changed.

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Seattle Times
Last week Suzi LeVine, head of Washington’s Employment Security Department (ESD), warned of a “tsunami” of new jobless claims in coming weeks as the coronavirus pandemic continued to march through the state economy.

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The Nation
Daniel Steinbrook’s job at Whole Foods has changed completely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. His store is mobbed. Many customers come in wearing masks. Steinbrook, who works at a Whole Foods in Cambridge, Massachusetts, hasn’t been given a mask by his employer and was told he couldn’t wear a scarf over his face for added protection.

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Al Jazeera
Journalists must stay safe now because we are going to need them even more later.

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Business Insider
I’ve had a little extra cash in my pocket since quarantine started – I’m saving money on rideshares, restaurants, travel, and more. Instead of keeping that money, though, I’m spending it on businesses I hope will stay open post-COVID.

Editor’s Note: Managing personal finances can prove to be a major challenge for freelancers. Here, Alexis Rhiannon discusses a few ways she is spending her money on her community.

ABC News (Australia)
Joel West had just started his first week as a senior set dresser on Netflix’s forthcoming thriller series Clickbait when the shoot was shut down due to social distancing measures introduced by the Federal Government.

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Washington Post
The system is cracking under the weight of surging demand, and an incommensurate supply of workers and groceries.

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Tech Times
Lyft launches Essential Deliveries, which allows government agencies, businesses, healthcare organizations, and non-profit groups to request deliveries via Lyft. The program aims to transport necessities like meals, groceries, medical supplies, hygiene products, and other products.

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USA Today
A historic 2.7 million people filed for unemployment insurance in California in the past four weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday as he announced expanded call center hours and staffing to keep up with the surge in new claims, and a new aid program for undocumented workers.

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Bloomberg
Although the home-sharing company intersects two areas targeted by the coronavirus shutdown, the potential peril is hard to quantify.

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Forbes
On April 15, 2020, the IRS announced the launch of the “Get My Payment” online tool which provides individuals with a status of their stimulus payment.

Editor’s Note: Authorities around the world have been launching efforts to support workers including gig workers. Richard Harroch reports about a new stimulus payment tracking tool launched by the IRS in the U.S.

Travel & Leisure
I spent years working in an office, strategizing about how to maximize every day of paid time off (I only had 10) or trying to make the most of working on Christmas Day. It felt like all I did was commute and work, and I was over it. In 2015, I bought a laptop, quit my job, and started working freelance, eventually moving into a full-time gig at a fully remote company.

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The News (Pakistan)
LONDON: Just within a week, another Pakistani taxi driver lost his life to the novel coronavirus in South London. Zeeshan Ahmed, 27, passed away at St. George Hospital in Tooting.

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Daily Maverick
A too-soon relaxation of physical distancing may risk further infection waves. For the foreseeable future, we need to forget about returning to normality.

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Gizmodo
Amadi Lovelace has been using Instacart, one of the most popular grocery delivery apps in the U.S., for more than a year. Three of four adults in her household are disabled, including herself, and grocery delivery is an important resource. Lovelace said she never had a problem getting same-day or next-day delivery from Instacart. Then the novel coronavirus pandemic struck the U.S.

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Associated Press
NEW YORK — A leap in U.S. unemployment has thrown a spotlight on one type of work in high demand during the coronavirus pandemic: Gig work delivering groceries, meals and packages.

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