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!
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.
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.