A new voice for labour in a world of precarious work

By Sara Mojtehedzadeh

The Toronto Star

There’s no easy way to summarize what 26-year-old Joan Lillian Wilson does for a living, other than to say it involves a lot of slashes: graphic designer/photographer/activist. Part-time/contract/volunteer. No union/benefits/pension.

Sound familiar? Then you, too, might be a part of the city’s invisible workforce. It’s composed of independent contractors, part-time employees, self-employed entrepreneurs, and creative types — a hitherto disparate group that Toronto activists are now seeking to unite. 

“There is a huge group of people who aren’t being spoken to right now. So we are hoping to be a place for those people who are kind of outside of the political system,” says organizer and communications consultant Stephanie Nakitsas, who is starting the Urban Workers Project with former NDP MP Andrew Cash. 

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