Going it alone, together

Steven Greenhouse / New York Times News Service Published Mar 31, 2013 at 05:00AM
Freelance Union employees, from left: Gillian Sewake, Caitlin Pearce, Katy Reitz, Dan Lavoie and Amy Chester, working on a spreadsheet at headquarters. The union and the insurance company together employ a staff of 80 people.
Stethoscopes hang on the wall in the staff room of the Freelancers Union's 6,000-square-foot health clinic in New York. The Freelancers Union, one of the nation's fastest-growing labor organizations, seeks to make health insurance and other benefits more affordable for independent workers.
Sara Horowitz, executive director of the Freelancers Union, at its headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y. “We want people to have meaningful independence,” she said of its more than 200,000 members.