“…the effective taxation of capital, in the face of increased automation, will increasingly become necessary for a sustainable social contract.”

Hey folks, I’ll be in New Orleans at the end of this week for Netroots Nation. If you wanna grab a drink/lunch/coffee, hit me up!

Original Content

Last month, I talked to Marcy Goldstein Gelb from National COSH, about their work to build a campaign to fight sexual harassment in the workplace. Check it out here.

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Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

Last year, the Quebecois government created a new laboratory to inspire cooperative development. Here are some of their lessons learned, from the first year.

Walmart employees across the company are using Even to manage their money, and get advances on their pay—not just frontline workers, but managers. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions about what that says about their pay rates. Also, apparently bankers think your money should “age” in your account. Like wine?

The Economist, on how work is killing us.

“…the effective taxation of capital, in the face of increased automation, will increasingly become necessary for a sustainable social contract.” But tax havens are keeping us from being able to do that.

Organizing Theory

Worker-driven reporting, especially through worker-led organizations, is more effective than consumer organization monitoring of worksites, in improving workers’ lives. https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery/annie-pickering/when-workers-lead-on-enforcing-labour-standards-case-study-of-electron

How Brazilian truckers used What’s App to organize the country’s biggest trucking strike. https://truthout.org/articles/the-brazilian-truckers-strike-how-whatsapp-is-changing-the-rules-of-the-game/

What’s Going on in the Workforce

Don’t chip yourself, if your employer asks you to. Just don’t. h/t to Elana Lavin for this one.

Uber drivers are planning a strike against the company in Austin this Friday, citing changes to the way the company has decided to start splitting fares, which can leave them earning less. And speaking of striking Uber drivers, the Barcelona strike spread to Madrid, last weekend. And London’s black car drivers are considering suing Uber for $1 billion in lost income.

Don’t shop white supremacy–boycott Amazon on Prime Day!

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

Amazon workers in Spain were on strike yesterday and today to disrupt the company’s Prime Day success, while in the US , groups upset about Amazon’s sales of white supremacist merchandise staged actions outside the company’s locations.

Philly newsrooms have joined together in a very interesting year-long reporting project called “Broke in Philly.” Here, one local tv station looks at the phenomenon of side hustles, because people can’t afford to live on just one (and most of them aren’t hustling through apps).

The folks at Coworker.org have put together a how-to talk to your coworkers about human rights issues, if you want to impact your company’s behavior.

Striking Uber drivers in Kenya have forced the company to sign an agreement that they won’t cut fares.

What’s Going on in the Workforce

It’s not easy to be a whistleblower. Here’s a long read from David Dayen about one man’s fight against sexual harassment, inside one of the biggest global banks.

Companies say they’re “powered by AI.” Sometimes, the I isn’t so A.

Uber has laid off all its self-driving car testers.

From Partners

Classism Exposed is running a great series of first-person blog posts, talking about the experience of poverty.

Geeking Out

Tim Berners-Lee (you know, the guy who kind of invented the internet as we know it) is working on a new system to allow us all to actually control our own data—regardless of what platform we’re using it on.

Two Things!

I’ll be on vacation next week, so there won’t be a Hack the Union on Tuesday, July 24.

The week after that, I’ll be at Netroots Nation–ping me, if you want to meet up for coffee or a drink in New Orleans!

TIL that “gavel cake” is a much better google image search than “caveman cake”

Organizing Theory

What can established organizations learn from the start-up efforts of young movements?

If you’re counting on a hashtag to bring attention to your cause, read this analysis of how hashtag hijacking affected #familiesbelongtogether.

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

A detailed look at how housing cooperatives work.

Tech coops are upending the paradigm of what building startups can look like.

You may have missed it in the daily churn of news—but tech workers in San Francisco rallied yesterday to call on Salesforce to end their contract with the Customs & Border Patrol.

Geeking Out

I don’t really understand why a robotic frozen yogurt dispenser needs to be gendered, but you do you, robot folks.

What’s Going on in the Workforce

“…across the economy, companies have shown a remarkable unwillingness to boost wages, with growth barely keeping pace with inflation even as the unemployment rate has dropped to 4 percent.” So this is what full employment looks like?

Retailers that have experimented with robots are moving away from in-store adoption—but they’ve replaced robots with AI.

Events

Are you a Black feminist? If you are (or you work with one), consider attending this Black Feminist Organizing School.

sexual harassment is a workers’ rights issue

Original Content

Last week, National COSH launched a new network to fight sexual harassment on the job. Read my story about it here, and sign on to join that network here.

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What’s Going on in the Workforce

Data & Society has just released a new report, looking at the impact of the gig economy & platform work across domestic work and ride sharing services.

If you need a good example of why worker power matters, check out this article about Amazon’s experiments in employee-mediated grievance process.

There’s a trucker & bus driver shortage brewing, in the US. Maybe we should all be encouraging our Lyft drivers to go to commercial driving school…

And while we’re on the subject of turning what used to be professional driving jobs into contract gigs—here’s a good piece about what it’s like to drive for Amazon Flex.

Geeking Out

A majority of Americans believe that robots will develop the ability to carry out most human activities, over the next 30 years. These ones are already better acrobats than I will ever be.

From Partners

EPI went looking for the missing piece of last month’s Contingent Worker Survey data, by going through tax filings from 2000-2015, and concluded that independent contracting has gone up somewhat, over the past 15 years, but not as a primary source of employment for most people.

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

Cities are starting to get sued to reveal their Amazon HQ2 bids.

Ride-sharing drivers in New York will now be able to get vision insurance, through the Black Car Fund.