Do these fries come with extra oil, for my robot waiter?

What’s Going on in the Workforce

CBS MoneyWatch covers the pending automation disruption—including a look at what kinds of white collar workers are most at-risk—and Martin Ford gives a pitch for UBI. Relatedly, Danny Meyer (guy who got rid of tipping in his restaurants) is now experimenting with automation in Shake Shack ordering.

ADP’s purchase of a digital payments company means more workers may soon be getting paid through fee-laden cash cards.

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

Want to support a group of homecare workers who are getting a coop off the ground next year? Contribute here.

I’m pretty proud that I had a small piece of helping the Our Neighborhoods, Our Future put out this Open Letter to Jeff Bezos, regarding Amazon’s race-to-the-bottom RFP for a second HQ.

WA state rep Monica Stonier has a new piece out, announcing her intention to introduce portable benefits legislation in that state.

Reputation, reputation, reputation

Do you know how to protect yourself from doxxing?

Organizing Theory

If you didn’t watch this Mobiliisation Lab Live web discussion last week, on “How Social Ties Scale Modern Advocacy Campaigns,” go watch it now.

Thinking about scaling up voter registration for 2018? Read about this interesting experiment, run by

Lots of us are moving to have more meetings via video, with people around the country or in other countries. Here’s a great post on how to make virtual meetings more effective.

From Partners

This is a fascinating paper by the UK Trade Union Congress on how unions should approach automation. If it’s tl/dr, start with Section 5—“What can we expect to happen to work…”

Geeking Out

I’m curious if I know anyone who is working (either for money or love) in an organization that uses Colony. And if it works, does it have to be a big organization? Kinda sounds like it, from this.


Want to learn how implicit bias may be impacting your hiring? Check out this free webinar on November 8th.

“OK, but we’re buying the factory and keeping our jobs here.”

Local Input~ FILE — Workers sew garments at an unregistered factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Nov. 17, 2013. American and European retailers and apparel brands committed to improving safety in Bangladeshi factories have divided into two sometimes feuding camps, a result that some say detracts from the overall effort. (Tomas Munita/The New York Times) ORG XMIT: XNYT108

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

“Want to move production to Thailand? OK, but we’re buying the factory and keeping our jobs here.” Provocative piece about how unions could be better at partnering with the cooperative movement.

“We only cary things that people like and buy.” A new grocery delivery startup thinks it can outsmart Instacart & Amazon (but only in the Bay Area, apparently). Meanwhile, Instacart rolls out a new partnership with Costco, so you can get your lifetime supply of paper towels delivered, instead of needing to borrow a truck.

It’s not just Bill Gates—the UK Labour Party is thinking about a robot tax, too.

A new app helps low-wage workers save for emergencies—and take out low-interest loans, instead of needing payday loan sharks.

Organizing Theory

Want to move your state towards a better system of online voter registration? Check out this how-to guide, from Pennsylvania Voice.

Geeking Out

Can you survive as an Uber driver? (spoiler alert—there are no mortgages in SF for $1,000/month). Check this amazing game by the Financial Times, of all places.

What’s Going on in the Workforce

Amazon is testing a new last-mile delivery service that has FedEx and UPS worried.

Most of us would agree that rehab is better than jail, for addicts. But when rehab is a forced labor camp, and there’s no workers’ comp? It’s not better.

Uber has problems with driver retention, and the FT is ON IT. (I guess that’s why they made that game?)

Why all workers should have the same rights


The Aspen Institute is hosting a discussion of Race, Work and Opportunity in America, on October 25th. Livestreaming, if you’re not in DC.


The Freelancers’ Union is hiring a part-time social media strategist.

“I definitely do not fit into the normal box”

What’s Going on in the Workforce

“I definitely do not fit into the normal box…” I’m strangely excited to read this paper on people who have multiple work identities, and how they achieve authenticity.

Uber has decided to shut down its car-leasing program, because it was costing the company too much money (not, apparently, because it was costing drivers too much money—although it was definitely doing that).

The New York local of TWU is partnering with worker-coop advocates to push the city to create a worker-owned school bus company.

Reputation, reputation, reputation

The next time you’re rude to your Uber driver (but seriously, why are you still using Uber?) you might get a ding on your OWN reputation.

Organizing Theory

Before you discount it, think about it. Entrepreneur & former VC Kanyi Maqubela on why Y Combinator Core might be a union (b/c, aggregating labor).

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

I don’t have a good umlaut joke when I really need one, but Ikea just bought Task Rabbit.

In yet another blow to Uber’s international operations, the company is threatening to pull out of Montreal/Quebec rather than comply with new government regulations that require them to provide the same number of training hours that taxi drivers must receive. On the plus side, Uber just introduced a function to teach hearing riders some basic sign language, when they pull a driver who is deaf.

A new company offers to help better connect gig workers to platform-based gigs, regardless of industry sector.

The Economic Security Project has announced their new grantees around universal basic income projects.