Partnership Blog & News

Partnership for Working Families | December 11, 2015

In advance of Seattle Council’s Monday vote to grant all for-hire drivers a voice on the job, a new report reveals collective bargaining increases safety and reliability in city transportation systems. It also finds that the benefits of giving workers a mechanism to speak out for change go beyond drivers, extending to the entire community.

Nikki Fortunato Bas | December 10, 2015

Posted on Huffington Post: 12/10/2015

As activists from around the world spend their final days in Paris at the United Nations climate summit, we are re-committing to solving the climate crisis back home.

Partnership for Working Families | November 5, 2015

By Nikki Fortunato Bas

Originally published in The Blog by The Huffington Post on October 19, 2015 as The On-Demand Economy Should Be Challenged By Workers

These are exciting times in the so-called "sharing economy," and not just for Silicon Valley techies and billionaire investors. The moment has finally arrived for the people who actually do the work of moving, sharing and renting their goods through businesses like Uber and AirBnB to get some much-needed attention.

Uber drivers in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Dallas and a number of other cities called for a strike this past weekend to address issues surrounding tips and rates. Earlier last week, Oregon's labor commissioner said in an advisory opinion that under Oregon law, Uber drivers should be seen as employees. This move opens the door for Uber drivers to assert all the rights normally afforded to employees in Oregon, including the right to a minimum wage, safe working conditions, and workers compensation and unemployment benefits. The advisory opinion contrasts sharply with the company's current practice of classifying its workers as independent contractors.

Partnership for Working Families | June 23, 2015

Working together with researchers at the University of Illinois School of Public Health, occupational safety and health experts at the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health and MassCOSH, and environmental justice leaders at GAIA, we dug deep into the world of recycling workers. We found horrifying stories of injuries and fatalities, and troubling statistics about how often recycling workers get hurt on the job. The good news is that there’s plenty of action that cities can take to make recycling jobs good jobs.

Partnership for Working Families | May 21, 2015

Puget Sound Sage released a powerful report making the case for ensuring that the massive transit investment in southeast Seattle produces equitable outcomes.

Partnership for Working Families | May 21, 2015

Partnership affiliates were featured in a national discussion of local housing campaigns at the National Housing Conference.

Partnership for Working Families | May 21, 2015

Partnership Legal Director Ben Beach joined a panel discussion at NYU School of Law on legal issues pertaining to affordable housing policy in New York City.

Partnership for Working Families | May 15, 2015

Our momentum is unstoppable! Partnership blazes path to nation’s highest minimum wage, an end to wage theft and improved rights for contract workers

Nikki Fortunato Bas | May 12, 2015

By Nikki Fortunato Bas, Oakland Tribune My Word © 2015 Bay Area News Group

POSTED: 05/11/2015 01:44:19 PM PDT

In the Bay Area, we are innovators. We are the home to high tech, slow food, and a wide range of social causes. And we are now reaching a tipping point on innovation on the minimum wage. The public overwhelmingly supports raising wages because we know that if workers such as Shonda Roberts are innovative enough to figure out how to survive on $1,000 a month, surely business is innovative enough to figure out how to pay a few extra bucks an hour.

Partnership for Working Families | May 8, 2015

Dear Friend,

Emeryville has transformed from a gritty industrial city to the “Mall of the East Bay.” And last night at Emerville City Hall, it was the inspiring beacon of hope for low-wage workers as the City Council voted unanimously to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 with a path to $16, making it the highest in the nation! The vote was more than just five councilmembers, led by Mayor Ruth Atkin, saying yes to creating better lives for thousands of workers, it represents a tipping point on the minimum wage that we are seeing nationally. And YOU have been a part of creating that momentum for change.

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