“You cost them a lot of money and don’t bring in a lot of revenue.”

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What’s Going on in the Workforce

Last week, tech pioneer Andy Grove (former CEO of Intel) passed on. Here’s a piece he wrote for the American Prospect, on one thing keeping manufacturing jobs from coming back to the US—our own lack of data about the problem.

“You cost them a lot of money and don’t bring in a lot of revenue.” But doing customer support is such a rewarding job, why should it pay well?

Australia’s unions are launching a campaign to force employers to make more casual employees into permanent ones.

“Uber for X” isn’t the only model that on-demand companies are adopting, at this point.

Geeking Out

Facebook’s research department created this fascinating data visualization to answer the question “do jobs run in families?

What if cities’ analysis of sewer waste led to better health outcomes? How smart cities are investing in data.

Organizing Theory

Four ways of categorizing online communities. Interesting take.

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

Got excess food from an event that you’d rather share with the hungry than throw out? In the Bay Area, there’s an app for that now.

“…it is naive to think that we can extract the merits of the sharing economy without investing in the infrastructure and social welfare state that undergirds that economy.” Excellent take on the sharing economy, Cuba-style.

From Partners

EPI has a new paper out, rebutting the Harris/Krueger paper claiming that we need a third way to classify workers in the gig economy.

Haymarket Books has a new book about Chinese worker organizing coming out this month—check out the tour to see if they’re coming to a city near you in April.

And while we’re promoting new books—here’s an excerpt from Tom Slee’s new book, What’s Yours is Mine: Against the Sharing Economy.

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