The Perils of Trumpism
Trump’s Labor Department is ramping up enforcement against unions & worker centers, reducing enforcement against employers.
Congrats to our friends at Good Jobs First, who just updated their new searchable database for tracking corporate violators of dozens of types of regulations (not just labor, but environmental & consumer protection too). Researchers, start your engines!
UC Berkeley’s Labor Center just put out a new analysis of independent work in the state.
Reputation, reputation, reputation
Want to clear a criminal record in California? Now, there’s an app for that.
Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability
Some public sector agencies are developing chatbots to provide basic information to residents or constituents. Does it deepen the digital divide?
If the future of work involves more fissuring, does the future social safety net involve more collaboration between fissured workers?
You probably already heard that Amazon announced last week that it’s buying Whole Foods. I wondered what that might mean for Instacart—here are a couple of takes. I have yet to see a tech site opine on what it might mean for UFCW—if you catch that, send it my way.
Political How is collecting videos from people who are doing basic civic engagement work (like making a phone call to a representative), so newbies can see how it’s done.
A good look, from the Electronic Freedom Foundation, about the differences between public, closed and secret Facebook groups.
What’s Going on in the Workforce
A New York State administrative law judge just found that Uber drivers are employees, for the purpose of collecting unemployment benefits.
Estonian ride-sharing startup Taxify wants to dominate Uber by launching in smaller European and African markets, paying drivers a bigger share of the ride fee, and allowing drivers to accept cash for rides.
I’m curious if anyone organizing low-wage workers has run into this new payroll app, and if so, how it works.