“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

Events

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

Jobs

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

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