What’s Going on in the Workforce
“I never wanted to be a 1950s housewife, and I feel like that’s kind of what I am now. A few years ago, I was at the White House interviewing the First Lady, and now I’m adjudicating battles between Pokémon players.” The impact of the pandemic on working mothers’ careers is going to be felt for years to come.
It’s not just fast food workers who are complaining about racial discrimination within McDonald’s—50+ Black franchise owners just filed a suit claiming discrimination from the company, too. Meanwhile, nearly 50% of Black-owned small businesses have been shut down due to COVID.
New report from the Open Markets Institute: “Eyes Everywhere: Amazon’s Surveillance Infrastructure and Revitilizing Worker Power.” Relatedly, if you blink you might have missed this news—Amazon posted job openings for researchers to surveil their own workforce for signs of unionization, then pulled them offline after facing criticism.
Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability
Just to put this in perspective, MIOSHA has received more complaints this year since March, than were received in 2018 and 2019 combined. Michigan’s state-level health & safety agency has investigated an unprecedented number of workplace safety complaints, in the pandemic.
Uber may face big fines in California, for fighting regulators who were seeking information on sexual harassment complaints filed by riders and drivers.
Chuck Collins & Frank Clemente, on why we need a one-time tax on billionaires’ pandemic financial gains.
Nobody needs to be killed for just believing in something.” The Verge talks to 11 people who filmed acts of police violence. (content warning)
Looking for organizing work that combines labor activism with climate justice? Look no further.