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Uber Drivers Organize Themselves in Seattle, Other Drivers Look to Do Same

BY Sam Roudman | Tuesday, May 27 2014

Seattle. Credit: Bala Sivakumar, Flickr.

About 9 months ago, Daniel Ajema, a 33-year-old law student moonlighting as a driver for Uber, ran into a fellow driver in a gas station parking lot. The man had just been fired for getting poor ratings from passengers. But as a private contractor, like every other driver for the app based transportation network, he had no recourse to the company. What could he do? Two Sundays ago, a couple hundred Uber drivers provided an answer, by forming a labor group with the help of the local Teamsters union, called the App-Based Drivers Association. The group won’t have the full powers of a union, for instance leadership can’t vote to make its entire membership strike. But with about a third of Seattle drivers signed on, the group hopes to use its leverage to advocate for greater transparency and responsiveness from the $12 billion company. Read More

Coworker.org Updates Digital Labor Organizing

BY Sam Roudman | Tuesday, November 26 2013

Coworker.org is improving workplace organizing online

With labor union membership numbers on the decline, organizers are developing innovative new tools to help workers network and rally on behalf of better pay and working conditions. Read More

Launching Today: "Worker's Voice," a Reboot of Union Political Action

BY Nick Judd | Thursday, April 12 2012

In D.C., a new labor group called Worker's Voice is just finishing up a launch event for what they're calling an update of labor's political organizing operations for 2012:

“The labor movement is the original social network,” said Eddie Vale, the communications director for the new group. “Workers’ Voice will be revolutionizing it for today’s world by taking our traditional field and organizing knowledge and applying it to the digital era and making it available to all workers.”
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In a Year of Local Labor Battles Nationwide, A Major Union Doubles Down Online

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 15 2011

Union protesters rally against Ohio Senate Bill 5 in March. Union staffers nationwide say their members have moved increasingly online throughout this year's fights over state budgets and collective bargaining rights. ... Read More

BigGovernment.com Videos Trigger Resignation of University of Missouri Labor Lecturer

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 3 2011

It hasn't gotten the attention of the Shirley Sherrod  incident, but videos posted to Andrew Breitbart's Big Government site have led to another job loss. St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Tim Barker reports: A University of ... Read More

WI GOP Files Request for Labor-Writing Professor's Emails

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 25 2011

TPM's Josh Marshall tells the story of Bill Cronon, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin who, after writing about the labor battle in that state, finds his university emails being requested by the Wisconsin ... Read More

Big Win for Texting Labor Leader

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 1 2010

A victory text from newly-elected AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer Lee Saunders So, an update. Read More

"This is Jerry McEntee"

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 29 2010

Here's an update to how mobile is being harnessed in the election of a new Secretary-Treasurer at the AFSCME convention taking place this week in Boston. Read More

Mobile Organizing AFSCME's Big Election

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, June 29 2010

Lee Saunders is, as I mentioned, doing some intriguing stuff with mobile in his bid to grab hold of the Secretary-Treasurer seat with the union behemoth AFSCME. Read More