New on HtU–data on economic justice organizations

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One of my longest-running ambitions for Hack the Union has been to chart the ecosystem of organizations that exist to do economic justice work. I’m happy to announce that it’s finally starting to get off the ground. You can check it out here—and I’m curious to get your feedback. (Also, if you have any expertise in embedding javascript into a WordPress page, I could use a 15-minute consult.)

A couple of notes: 1) I haven’t started collecting info on unions yet—that will be coming soon, although it will take time to get up, of course; and 2) one of the things I was interested in seeing is the geographic spread of the economic justice movement—take a look at the chart at the bottom of the page, to see what that looks like.

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From Partners

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What’s Going on in the Workforce

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Americans are ambivalent about automation, except when it comes to banking.

Fast Company has an issue looking at LGBTQ equality in the workplace, in the age of Trump.

Anil Dash announces that his company will start to provide climate leave, when staff are disrupted by extreme weather events—and urges other CEOs to do the same.

A UK “zero hours” worker just won a claim against his former employer for refusing to pay him holiday pay, despite the fact that he was off the schedule (through no fault of his own).

Geeking Out

Oh come on, let’s be clear. They had me at robot bees.

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

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An interesting look at why WeWork’s attempt to launch communal living hasn’t succeeded as quickly (or at all?) as their coworking business has.

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Reputation, reputation, reputation

Look, I get it. Google Drive is the default cloud apparatus of every non-profit or union I’ve worked for, too. But here’s one perspective on why it’s maybe not the best bet.

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