I’ve been spending a bunch of time lately thinking about how to build worker organizations for the changing face of work. This is the first in a series of three posts about designing 21st century platform unions.
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Reputation, reputation, reputation
“The companies hiring minimum wage workers…act as if they are managing herds.” Great piece by Cathy O’Neil on how algorithmic predictors are keeping people from getting entry-level jobs.
What’s Going on in the Workforce
Countries that compete on low-cost labor are most exposed to the risk of automation.
“They can master in a matter of hours things that take us 20 years to learn.” Sure, machines are coming to a job near you. But rest assured, you can always become an Urban Shepherd (or perhaps, for at least one of my readers, Stoop God Keeper will be a new profession).
“…by weakening unions, technology has changed the balance of power between labor and capital, and allowed the owner/investor class to claim a larger share of income.” How will we rebuild the labor movement in the age of machines?
I’ve talked to several folks recently who are working on apps around scheduling for shift workers. Looks like they’ve got competition from Microsoft.
Too much management is costing the US $3T per year. (Is there a way to remove managers and get that $3T to workers, instead of CEOs?)
Pulled over by motorcycle cops and taunted by pedestrians—what’s it like, in the town where Google tests self-driving cars?
Can we take social change organizations off auto-pilot, when it comes to their digital organizing strategies?
Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability
How residents in four rural Minnesota counties banded together to form a consumer owned internet service provider that’s building them high-speed broadband access.
The Freelancers’ Union is making progress on educating city council people on why gig economy workers and freelancers deserve the same wage protection that W-2 employees get.
“It’s a high-trust network. We don’t try to optimize for low-trust situations.” Great piece by Nathan Schneider on a cooperative freelancer network.
MIT’s Jonathan Gruber proposes a new kind of savings account that would match workers’ short term and long-term needs to reach financial stability.