Top labor organizing strategist, author and scholar Jane McAlevey weighs in on the failed effort by Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) to organize Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama.
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Enspiral, best known for building Loomio, an open-source decision-making tool, is a network of initiatives trying to create utopia and prepare for collapse at the same time.
Though many democratic workplace movements logically start bottom up with the workers, there is an emerging group of consultants advising owners and management on this approach to be more efficient, innovative and to foster a healthier culture. Notable among them is former McKinsey partner Frederic Laloux who wrote Reinventing Organizations.
Platform cooperatives, platforms owned stakeholders, are gaining momentum as an alternative to predatory platforms like Uber and TaskRabbit.
Jack Aponte, a worker-owner and co-founder of Palante Technology Cooperative, breaks down what exactly a cooperative, how they live out the coop principles with their company and the benefits of this model.
Tech worker organizers from Google, Facebook, WeWork and Kickstarter produced a beautiful zine counterposing the most common anti-union talking points with counter quotes of advice, wisdom and inspiration.
Researchers studied the Israeli tech industry, which has the highest density of unionized workers in the world, to understand why organizing has taken hold there. Their findings show that workers are blurring the lines between traditional workplace issues like better pay and more creative issues like control over what kind of projects the company takes on.
Kickstarter organizer Clarissa Redwine discusses the unique structure of Google's union which is "what’s known as a non-contract union, an open union, a minority union, or a solidarity union."