“The complexities of intellectual puzzles are nothing to those of emotional ones. Work is a wonderful refuge.”

Original Content

The worker justice movement has been winning $15/hour wages at the ballot box, and on the desks of friendly elected officials. What’s next, in policy moves that could restore more stability or rewards for workers?

Last year, Hack the Union lost $35. We’re not set up to make a profit, but it’s great to basically break even. If you like the original content on this site, please kick in a small contribution ($1/mo?) to help us keep it up and running.

What’s Going on in the Workforce

Are you a middle manager? Slackbot will either up your productivity, or eat your job.

The CEO of Gigwalk has weighed in on the need for some kind of portable benefits system.

Uber & Lyft have both recently launched products to pay drivers instantly. Here’s a good look at the pros & cons of both apps’ solutions. Also, a recent survey from Reuters demonstrates that Lyft drivers would have received $835 in mileage reimbursement, on average, if they’d been classified as employees.

“The complexities of intellectual puzzles are nothing to those of emotional ones. Work is a wonderful refuge.” On why we can’t quit working.

What’s it like when your job gets replaced by an algorithm?

From Partners

Race Forward is asking worker advocates who are familiar with racial discrimination in different industries to fill out this survey.

UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor & Employment has a new paper out, studying domestic outsourcing in the US, and proposing a further research agenda on that topic.

CommonBound 2016 has issued a call for proposals (I’m working on two of these tracks, would love to see some proposals from HtU readers).


Organizing Theory

I wrote a piece for the New Labor Forum on digital organizing and the labor movement.

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

Ross Baird and Lenny Mendonca push back on the idea that Silicon Valley should be putting itself in the position to “solve” the problem of poverty by engineering basic income.

Geeking Out

Google has urged the US to adopt uniform laws around self-driving tech, rather than leaving it to the states.

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