A quarter of American workers are now gig workers. In NYC half of Uber drivers are supporting families with children, 40% are on Medicaid

The gig is up: America’s booming economy is built on hollow promises Robert Reich Contract workers prop up big earners but under Trump’s anti-labor administration are ruthlessly exploited themselves Sun 2 Jun 2019, The Guardian  Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although it lost $1bn, investors may still do well because the losses appear to …

Much shorter working weeks needed to tackle climate crisis – study

UK workers must move to nine-hour week if carbon levels do not change, says thinktank, by Matthew Taylor in The Guardian, Wed 22 May 2019  Commuters on Waterloo Bridge during Extinction Rebellion climate protests in London. Shorter working hours are needed across Europe, the study found. Photograph: Amer Ghazzal/Rex/Shutterstock People across Europe will need to work drastically fewer hours to avoid disastrous climate heating unless …

What it takes to bring labor on board the GND

Vox excerpt, Umair Narfain, May 22, 2019The key questions to answer are why some labor groups are opposed to the Green New Deal, and what it would take to bring them on board. The state-level decarbonization bills could prove instructive.The Green New Deal was written with labor in mindThe Green New Deal resolution proposed by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and …

What Labor Wants in Colorado, for a Green New Deal

This project was commissioned by the Colorado AFL-CIO and supported financially by these organizations: Colorado State Conference of Electrical Workers (CSCEW); United Association (UA) Local 208; Colorado AFL-CIO; Colorado Building & Construction Trades Council; Boilermakers Local 101; SMART-Transportation Division; Service Employees Industrial Union (SEIU) Local 105 (SEIU one of the largest unions in the country with more than 2 million …

Wyoming coal giant Cloud Peak files for bankruptcy

Future of workers uncertain as third-biggest US coal company declares bankruptcy: Coal’s decline is hitting workers first and worst. E.A. CRUNDEN, Climate Progress, MAY 13, 2019 WYOMING COAL MINE. CREDIT: ANDY NELSON/THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR VIA GETTY IMAGES The third-largest coal company in the United States has declared bankruptcy, leaving the future of its more than 1,000 workers uncertain. The announcement is …

City and other plans to facilitate worker ownership. Capitalism has failed immigrants. Can cooperatives do better?

The vast majority of the estimated 2.34 million boomer-owned businesses don’t have succession plans.  U.S. cities are now facing potentially dramatic shifts in their small-business landscapes. But Berkeley has a plan. The city’s Office of Economic Development has partnered with local organizations to set up a city-funded program, believed to be one of the first of its kind in the U.S., …

Will A Green New Deal Save the Climate, or Save Capitalism?

When it came to addressing unemployment, the New Deal made a dent but it was never funded adequately to fix the problem.  During the height of the New Deal unemployment hovered above 15%, and didn’t drop significantly until the war mobilization.  During the height of war mobilization in 1943 FDR spent 30 times more than he did in 1933 for …

Progress in Mid-Level Positions, but US Solar Industry’s Top Jobs Remain Dominated by White Men

Senior executives at U.S. solar companies are 80 percent male and nearly 90 percent white, according to a new analysis of the industry from nonprofit advocate the Solar Foundation and the industry’s top trade group, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).  As the solar industry grows, those it employs remain unrepresentative of the U.S. at large, particularly at the upper levels, according to a 2019 …