Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability
As you likely saw, last week California gave a huge boost to gig workers, by passing an “ABC test” for contractors, in the form of AB 5. I had some thoughts about the Trumpian nature of the TNC companies responses…
Facing South makes the case that the South could flip the senate, next year. All the more reason to promote more worker organizing there.
The OECD is working to figure out how to incorporate algorithms into legislation that creates rules around transportation and transit. One idea? Program self-driving cars to obey the speed limits set in geo-fenced areas.
The FTC is investigating Amazon’s behavior towards third-party sellers as an anti-trust violation.
Congrats to our friends at the Freelancers’ Union, who last week passed a bill to extend civil rights and anti-harassment protections to freelancers in New York City.
What’s Going on in the Workforce
The passage last week of California’s AB5 wasn’t just a victory for ride-share drivers. Here’s a look at what other kinds of independent contractors will be covered (and some that are still exempted). (And a big shout out to our friends at Gig Workers’ Rising for helping to make this happen!)
Yoga instructors in New York City are seeking to form a union.
I mean, sure Jeff Bezos is the richest man on earth, and could probably single-handedly end hunger in the United States…but instead, he’s cutting off health care for all of Whole Foods’ part-timers.
Delivery ride-alongs and bike repair clinics—this Canadian union has developed some unique strategies for organizing food delivery workers.
Planned Parenthood developed an anonymous chatbot, to help answer teens’ questions about sex, gender, puberty & more.
Google’s AI voice assistant is apparently good enough at conversation to fool a receptionist at a hair salon. But my mom? Hmm.
Looking to pick a fight about state-level preemption in Pennsylvania? Check out this posting from our friends at the Partnership for Working Families.