Last week, I interviewed David Rolf, author of The Fight for Fifteen. Check it out here.
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Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability
#airbnbwhileblack: great piece about unconscious discrimination (or conscious? who can say…) by users on Airbnb’s platform, and how the company plans to adapt.
“Sure, taking 12-year-olds out of factories may have caused statistical job loss in the ’30s, but redirecting them toward education led to objectively better conditions.” FastCo, on whether we’re inching toward a $15/hour national minimum wage. On a related note, Pacific Standard looks at the White House’s claim that a minimum wage increase will have the side effect of reducing mass incarceration.
“You can never ask for permission because no one will give it.” That’s sort of the motto for the on-demand economy, right? This one seems more idiotic than most, though.
In Florida? Check out this Digital Organizing Workshop by friend-o-the-blog Beth Becker.
Collective identity & layer cakes—MobLab looks at five organizations that are boosting member engagement.
“Too often the divide between traditional advocacy organizations and their digitally native peers is deeper than it should be.”
How are we going to crash test self-driving cars for the ultimate question about self-driving cars—to wit: when should they decide to crash if it means killing someone?
What’s Going on in the Workforce
In the wake of the Uber settlement, both the Teamsters and the Machinists have announced plans to create driver associations.
And while we’re on the subject of the ride-sharing companies (and honestly, when are we not?)—it looks like Lyft & Uber just teamed up with Google, Ford & Volvo to lobby for self-driving cars.
“As any worker will tell you, it is not the number of jobs that matters most, but what kind of jobs are available, what they pay, and how that pay measures against the cost of living.” Sarah Kenzidor at Quartz, on why the 5% unemployment rate doesn’t feel like “recovery” to many.