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