Can we please stop saying “No one who works full time should live in poverty”?
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Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability
Haven’t had enough rage-inducing reads this week? How about this proposal to use Uber to create workfare for the poor. Vomit.
VC Fund Y Combinator just announced that they’re going to hire a researcher to study universal basic income. Friend-o-the-blog Nathan Schneider has this to say in response. And Vox takes a look at the various basic income experiments that are already happening, or are on the near horizon.
Let’s be honest—if you’re reading this newsletter, you’re probably not a Baby Boomer small business owner who’s getting ready to retire. But maybe you know one? Here’s 10 reasons they should sell to their workers, when they retire.
Hollaback has developed a new site designed to help people who are suffering online harassment on the basis of race, gender, or sexual orientation—and to help organize those who want to support them.
If you’re not regularly using videoconferencing to keep in touch with remote partners (whether inside or outside your organization), I really have to ask—what are you waiting for? Google Hangout is not only free, but also recordable—and now there’s Room, which the people you’re talking to don’t even have to sign up for! (This link is for the iOS app, but it works with Android too.)
What’s Going on in the Workforce
Last week, Lyft drivers who had been suing the company for misclassification settled their suit. While the settlement did cure some major problems with Lyft’s practices, the company maintained the right to keep their drivers as independent contractors. Here’s the drivers’ lawyers’ statement on why they settled.
Could Uber drivers benefit from self-driving cars? I confess, it’s a possibility I hadn’t thought of before reading this piece.
Fast Company makes a sideways argument in favor of government-provided parental leave benefits.
Reputation, reputation, reputation
Uber announces that their app is using the driver’s phone gyrometer to see if s/he is driving safely.
The FCC just came a little closer to promoting transparency in political advertising.