Innovation Used to Benefit Workers. Can It Again? Machines can make jobs better, but a tiny class of bosses uses them to make jobs disappear. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Excerpt from Bob Lord, Thursday, December 27, 2018,  Inequality.org …Until about 1980, technological advances benefited American workers and American society. Technological advances improved productivity, and workers shared in the benefits proportionately. Wages rose at the same rate as productivity. Not only were American workers paid more, they enjoyed progressively shorter work weeks. As workers’ pay increased, they could buy more, which created …

70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Created Under the Chairmanship of Eleanor Roosevelt Passed Today in 1948 by the UN General Assembly 

POSTED ON DECEMBER 10, 2018 · POSTED IN ROOSEVELT HOUSE, ROOSEVELT HOUSE GENERAL NEWS Roosevelt House celebrates the leadership of Eleanor Roosevelt in writing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as we mark the 70th anniversary of its adoption by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. Three years of Mrs. Roosevelt’s hard work and consensus-building produced a document that would shape the way …

2018 Lancet report on health and climate: India’s workforce output loses 75 billion man hours (7% decline) due to heatwave conditions.

LaCroix, Dec 2018 Climate change hits Indian farmers, Caritas helps the most vulnerable face challenges such as higher temperatures, drought and unseasonal rains Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar, India, December 18, 2018 A farmer in Kerala, India. (Photo from Pixabay) It was mid-April when Ishwar Ram decided to end his life. He swallowed rat poison in an attempt to get his debt-stricken family out …

Amazon gets huge subsidies to provide good jobs—but it’s a top employer of SNAP recipients in at least five states; One-third of Amazon employees in Arizona need food stamps to feed themselves.

By H. Claire Brown, New Food Economy and The Intercept, April 19th, 2018 The Intercept.  We wrote a supplemental story about food stamps in the food industry here.  Later this year, Amazon will begin accepting grocery orders from customers using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal anti-poverty program formerly known as food stamps. As the nation’s largest e-commerce grocer, Amazon stands to …

Why the U.S. Needs More Worker-Owned Companies. Also, Could Hybrid Forms of Worker Ownership Shape the Economy of the Future?

 By Peter Walsh, Michael Peck, and Ibon Zugasti AUGUST 08, 2018 UPDATED AUGUST 08, 2018  SUMMARY in Harvard Business Review https://hbr.org/2018/08/why-the-u-s-needs-more-worker-owned-companies The gap in wealth in the United States between the ultrawealthy and everyone else has reached its widest point in decades. One way to narrow the divide is through the use of worker buyouts, in which ownership of a company transfers from a single person or a small …

Americans think they live in a democracy but our workplaces can be small tyrannies.

How bosses are (literally) like dictators, by Elizabeth Anderson, vox.com Some Amazon warehouse workers have complained about being pushed beyond their abilities by their bosses. Boston Globe / Getty Outside contributors’ opinions and analysis of the most important issues in politics, science, and culture. Consider some facts about how American employers control their workers. Amazon prohibits employees from exchanging casual remarks while …

Uber has an employee not a contractor relationship according to NY case and a ‘precedential’ victory

The Taxi Workers Alliance believes the decision will be “broadly precedential,” and creates a new “safety net” for a beleaguered workforce. | AP Photo By DANA RUBINSTEIN, Politico.com  07/18/2018 07:01 PM EDT In what worker advocates are calling a substantial victory that could impact Uber drivers statewide, the New York State labor review board has made a final determination that three …