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On-Demand Workers on the Move

November 5, 2015 -- Partnership for Working Families

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.

New report: Cities should take action to make recycling jobs safe jobs.

June 23, 2015 -- Partnership for Working Families

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.

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

May 21, 2015 -- Partnership for Working Families

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

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.

May 21, 2015 -- Partnership for Working Families

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.

Emeryville Votes to Raise Minimum Wage to Highest in Nation

May 8, 2015 -- Partnership for Working Families

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.

Seattle’s New Minimum Wage Officially Kicks Off Today!

April 1, 2015 -- Partnership for Working Families

Dear Friend,

1. Seattle's new minimum wage officially kicks off today! Check out Sage’s blog Sound Progress for a full break down of what today’s raise means to workers and our economy.

This $15 minimum wage win would not have been possible without the partnership and leadership of fast food workers, labor, local businesses, community and government, including Sage’s critical role in mobilizing immigrant/People of color small businesses and non-profits, providing a policy analysis centered around racial justice and shaping enforcement and implementation.

On March 2nd, 2015, 48,000 Oakland workers received a raise

March 3, 2015 -- Partnership for Working Families

Oakland workers, families, and our community took a giant leap forward in our quest for a true living wage and dignity in the workplace!

On March 2nd, 2015, 48,000 Oakland workers received a raise as the City’s new sweeping minimum wage law took effect, bumping people from $9 an hour to $12.25! 56,700 workers will also receive 5-9 paid sick days, depending on the size of their employer.

2x2 Starts Today!

January 30, 2015 -- Partnership for Working Families

Dear friends,

Last night we packed the house at the AFL-CIO in Washington DC to launch the 2x2 Campaign, our plan to improve the lives of two million people in the next two years. Setting an ambitious, measurable goal for our work reflects our commitment to having real impact, and having it soon.  Listening to Richard Trumka, Tefere Gebre, Mary Kay Henry, Darlene Lombos, Deborah Scott, Bob Shull and Bishop Dwanye Royster talk about our plan last night, I can see that commitment is broadly shared in our movement.

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