“…governments can ensure higher wages for drivers without making everyone worse off.”

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

“…governments can ensure higher wages for drivers without making everyone worse off.” Not just drivers—everyone! The NY Times looks at NYC’s efforts to set minimum wages for ride-share drivers. 

California’s Prop 22 could be the state’s most expensive ballot measure of all time, as Uber & Lyft dump millions into the fight to prevent their drivers from making any real money, or having workplace protections. 

Organizing Theory

Want to learn how to run a platform cooperative (or turn your existing worker coop into a platform coop)? Here’s a new course from Mondragon to help you do it. 

From Partners

New study from EPI looks at how states in the South have used pre-emption to prevent workers from gaining new rights, in cities. 

National Women’s Law Center just put out a new report looking at “Me Too” workplace reforms at the state level. 

Geeking Out

How’s your state doing in the “recovery” (is it a recovery if people are still losing work?). Check out this new economic tracker

What’s Going on in the Workforce

“A woman in Orange County, Florida, reported working 117.5 hours in one two-week period. That would have entitled her to 37.5 hours of time-and-a-half overtime — if she were an employee. But since she was labeled an independent contractor, there was no OT.” The new work at home gig you definitely don’t want to get involves running an inbound call center in your house. 

Looks like Uber is maybe starting to get out of the freight business. 

The Perils of Trumpism

Millions of people are losing their jobs, permanently, as the federal government fails to act on the impact of the coronavirus on working people. 

In other terrible Trump news, the Administration is taking a step that might reduce agricultural wages. I know, you were thinking all those people picking tomatoes were buying too many yachts! 

“At some point, it will start to look like being Black is a pre-existing condition.”

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

“At some point, it will start to look like being Black is a pre-existing condition.” This new piece from Bloomberg CityLab looks at how the pandemic has exacerbated inequality—in both health outcomes and economic ones. 

This new study takes a panoramic look at Latinx cooperatives in the US. 

Organizing Theory

A good walk-through of how to set up a mutual aid fund. 

Worried about how to deal with disinformation? Check out this new framework for how to deal with it, from Blueprints for Change. 

What’s Going on in the Workforce

“Amazon’s injury rates have gone up each of the past four years, the internal data shows.” And surprise! They’ve been lying about it! But seriously, Prime Day is coming up—make sure you click this link and read about how terrible it is for worker safety, before you click that “Buy” button.  

DoorDash is telling customers that restaurants who don’t use its app are “too far away” and redirecting them to restaurants that are paying their commission. 

This new report underscores the terrible working conditions for migrant crab pickers in Maryland.

The Perils of Trumpism

Trump’s nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg is…wait for it…not good for labor. Quelle surprise! 

From Partners

good curriculum, for anyone who is interested in doing civic engagement work with teenagers. 

Reputation, reputation, reputation

Um, no thank you. “Amazon One lets you pay with your palm”