“The U.S. wants to fight war without paying the bill.”

Organizing Theory

“The U.S. wants to fight war without paying the bill. The human cost is so much greater than what is ever acknowledged by the military. And I think if we actually did have to pay that cost, people would really start to think about whether we should be doing this.” How Southern religious activists are helping soldiers who want to conscientiously object

Bloomberg’s Ben Penn takes a look at how worker centers are reacting to the DOL decision that CTUL is acting like a union, not a worker center. 

What’s Going on in the Workforce

Want to organize Amazon warehouses? Get yourself to Texas, which apparently has more of them than any other state except CA (where the Warehouse Worker Resource Center is already on the job).  That seems pretty necessary, given their recent bad safety reports in various places. In the words of one CA worker: “I can’t tell you how many times I saw somebody throwing up in a garbage can there because they don’t want to get fired for missing work.” Maybe it’s all the robots

Instacart workers are asking customers to boycott the company, over slashing of tips and performance bonuses. 

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

A look at how the introduction of Uber, Lyft & other TNCs caused the death of a nascent worker-owned taxi company in Philadelphia. 

Here’s an interesting possible UBI pilot—Santa Clara County in CA is considering giving $1K/mo to teens who age out of foster care, for 1-2 years. 

New York City may bail out taxi drivers trapped in usurious loans, now that medallion value has plummeted. 

Fascinating new paper from Columbia about how poverty in the US is undercounted

New Jersey just passed a suite of legislation designed to fight employee misclassification (but freelancer lobbying helped derail the AB5 companion bill that would have redefined independent contracting). 

Geeking Out

Check out this visual depiction of the distribution, by country, of the world’s wealth. Then ask yourself again, how can other countries provide health care and higher ed to their citizens, while in the US we’re always asked how to pay for it? 

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