“…the 4 day workweek is a pragmatic response to a the problem of overwork that is leading to a crisis in mental health and wellbeing.”

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

“…the 4 day workweek is a pragmatic response to a the problem of overwork that is leading to a crisis in mental health and wellbeing.” Check out this piece, about the 4-day workweek campaign in the UK. 

Bay Area cities are starting to get serious about investing in worker-owned cooperative development. Here’s a piece about how worker-owned cleaning coops are trying to franchise their model

New York City needs to step up its game, in terms of earned sick leave enforcement, according to a new report by the city controller. 

Reputation, reputation, reputation

You, like me, may not understand everything explained in this article about Zoom’s recently-revealed bug. But you should draw the same conclusion: cover up your laptop camera, whenever you’re not actively using it for a video call, even if you’re not really paranoid. 

Organizing Theory

An excellent overview of the kinds of things activists should be doing to keep safe from government surveillance, during protests. 

“…nonviolent campaigns are twice as likely to achieve their goals as violent campaigns.” A new study establishes that non-violence resistance is a most effective strategy. 

From Partners

Action Network’s Nicole Aro, on how progressives need to support organizing tech that counters the values proffered by venture capitalists. 

Geeking Out

An amazing explainer of wage theft was run last week in Teen Vogue. 

What’s Going on in the Workforce

Glad to see that Gig Workers Rising and Rideshare Drivers United were in Sacramento last week, lobbying for AB 5.  (And also noting with side-eye that Uber & Lyft paid drivers up to $100 to attend their anti-AB 5 lobby day.) 

Walmart associates are posting pro-union memes on Reddit. 

Final Thoughts

Sending light and love to all my friends and family at SEIU Local 32BJ, who lost their president, Hector Figueroa, last week. It only feels right to give him the last word, this week. 

“…human carers will become a premium, reserved for those who can pay for human empathy and touch.”

What’s Going on in the Workforce

“In an effort to robotize nursery homes, human carers will become a premium, reserved for those who can pay for human empathy and touch.” A look at the programming of care-bots. 

The California legislature has been debating the status of gig workers—particularly app-based ones—through AB 5. For a good explainer of the bill, and the discontent among driver organizers about some of the labor politics involved, read this Vox piece.  And CalMatters takes a look at what other kinds of workers might be covered as employees, if AB 5 passes. 

Amazon warehouse workers in Minneapolis are planning to strike next week, on Prime Day. 

Geeking Out

Why does the world need a bowling robot? Why not, I guess. 

Organizing Theory

“The more hosts you recruit, the more likely it is that each potential attendee will find an event near them.” Nathan Woodhull walks through how to set up a mobilization of hundreds (or thousands) of small events, through online organizing. 

A small investment by companies can make employees—and customers—more likely to vote

Reputation, reputation, reputation

The Times takes a look at algorithmic management

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

Still trying to convince funders to support your census education and outreach? Check out this map of the hardest-to-count census tracts, which may help them understand exactly why your organization is prioritizing it. 

In case you missed it, Wayfair employees walked out in late June, to protest their company’s sales of furniture to ICE, to furnish detention centers. Damn, just when I was looking for a new vanity!

From Partners

The MIC Center, a new collaboration between Rutgers & Penn, just released a report from its two day conference in Philly about the Platform Economy & the Future of the City. 

And a new study by two Berkeley economists finds that raising the federal minimum wage to $15/hour would likely not result in major job losses

Events

Are you coming to Netroots Nation? I’m moderating a panel about the work that Philly alt-labor activists have been doing to increase enforcement of local labor laws, in the city. Saturday, 2:15 pm, Rm. 116. Join us!