“Solidarity doesn’t happen overnight.”

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

“Solidarity doesn’t happen overnight.” The great Sarah Jaffe, on the organizing that brought the LA teachers to victory

A look at research about whether worker cooperatives can remain democratically run, as they grow larger. 

Reputation, reputation, reputation

MIT researchers just slammed Amazon’s Rekognition program, stating that it does a poor job of identifying people who are not white cisgendered men. Great thing that the DoD, VA, NY and TN are poised to give them all that money, right?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that employers have a responsibility to protect worker data, in a key case against University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Organizing Theory

Excellent new piece from Blueprints for Change on some principles for building networked coalitions

Geeking Out

“…a substantial portion of women who had the means and opportunity began to prefer their robot companions to their boyfriends or husbands.” Cathy O’Neil takes a shot at imagining a utopian world where cyborgs have taken the danger out of sex for women—by removing the threats that are created by some men. 


Ever wonder what Jeff Bezos’ entire empire looks like? Check out this visualization


What’s Going on in the Workforce

The US may be moving to a Japan-like future, as our working-age population shrinks with the reduction of immigration caused by Trump. Will it cause Americans to retire even later (if at all?) 

Spanish taxi drivers are fighting a pitched battle against Uber & Lyft, including working to introduce legislation that would require booking a ride share at least an hour in advance of the trip. 

Waymo is betting that Michigan’s long history as a center of automotive assembly will continue in the self-driving era. 

The same kind of automation that has been taking off in warehouses is being repurposed to take inventory in stores. 

Events
Mobilisation Lab will be holding a weeklong campaign accelerator in New York in April. 

“…precarity breeds innovation.”

Organizing Theory

“…precarity breeds innovation.” A look at youth organizing by unions and other forms of worker organization, in the UK, the US, Germany & France. 


The Chief Product Officer of 350. org says it’s time to get rid of your Digital Department—and think about how to merge digital into all aspects of your organizing work. 

What’s Going on in the Workforce


Japan’s robots are losing hotel work… 


Digg mapped the highest-paying job in each state. Being a doctor is fairly rewarding financially (if not always emotionally). 


Pennsylvania may be one of the first states to allow “platooning” with autonomous trucks. 


Reputation, reputation, reputation


Amazon shareholders have filed a resolution to get the company to stop selling surveillance technology to the government. 

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability


Shouldn’t investors also be worried about the potential impact of driver organizing? 


Is your Airbnb spying on you with secret cameras? 


Legal challenges and voter registration drives—what’s next for advocates who want to restore voting rights to returning citizens in the South?


“Local grocers that survived Walmart are now falling to Dollar General.”

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

“Local grocers that survived Walmart are now falling to Dollar General.” Great new report by ILSR on how dollar stores are targeting low-income communities as America’s permanent underclass—and how Tulsa, OK is fighting back. 


GrubHub is being sued by a Philly restaurant chain, who is alleging that the company is charging restaurants for phone calls that don’t actually result in food orders. 

What’s Going on in the Workforce


Uber is facing questions, after they “clarified” their policy on whether drivers can pick up unaccompanied minors (you can’t ride alone if you’re under 18, officially), by mentioning how it’s great that drivers can be there when parents can’t….


I have complicated feelings about a robot cafe, where the robots are controlled by people who are home-bound or physically disabled. 


“It might stay for a long time because it’s a matter of ego,” he says. “The shutdown is biting.” How the federal government shutdown is affecting taxi, Uber & Lyft drivers in DC. (And of course, that isn’t even mentioning the increased competition as some government workers turn to driving as a side hustle to pay their own rent.)


At the end of last year, Uber drivers in London won a ruling against the company that will force them to treat drivers as workers, not contractors.  And a French court just granted an Uber driver employment rights. 

Geeking Out
Kiss your carb-free New Year’s resolution goodbye, with this bread-bot



“People are in pain because unless you went to college, the only way you’ll earn a decent living is by breaking your body or risking your life”

What’s Going on in the Workforce

“That’s the thing they don’t tell you about opiate addiction. People are in pain because unless you went to college, the only way you’ll earn a decent living is by breaking your body or risking your life — plumbers, electricians, steamfitters, welders, mechanics, cable guys, linemen, fishermen, garbagemen, the options are endless.”An amazing first-person narration of what it’s like to be the cable guy, even when you’re not a guy.


Are cannabis delivery companies luring Uber & Lyft drivers away with more stable pay & better benefits? 


Uber may be close to a settlement that pays drivers .11 per mile driven, in exchange for giving up their rights to pursue employee misclassification claims. 


“Through 2016, our analysis found that between the time older workers enter the study and when they leave paid employment, 56 percent are laid off at least once or leave jobs under such financially damaging circumstances that it’s likely they were pushed out rather than choosing to go voluntarily.” ProPublica & the Urban Institute have concluded that workers over 50 are more likely to be pushed out of jobs than they are to leave them voluntarily, resulting in huge economic consequences. 

Events


Want to up your digital game? Becker Strategies has announced dates for the three bootcamps they’ll be holding this year. 

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability


In the run-up to the holidays, Connecticut Lyft & Uber drivers staged a one-day strike. Let me know if you have contact with the folks who organized this! 


It’s possible that the 21st Century “Battle in Seattle” that will most impact gig worker organizing, is the one being conducted around collective bargaining rights for ride-sharing drivers. 


“Frankly, we should all be mad that the richest country in the world doesn’t care about workers’ well-being.” Well, yes. Welcome to the party, Digg.