Partnership Blog & News

Partnership for Working Families | February 11, 2016

The Partnership, together with the National Employment Law Project, co-convened a movement gathering of unions, worker centers, and national networks to share analysis and strategy on how to support workers organizing in the on-demand economy. The strategy session came at a key moment.

Partnership for Working Families | February 11, 2016

Farmworkers in two of America’s most productive agricultural counties are taking a step toward greater rights and protections on the job, thanks to Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE) and its campaign for a Farmworkers’ Bill of Rights.

Partnership for Working Families | February 11, 2016

In a significant vote last December, Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation that gave all for-hire (Lyft, Uber, taxi and limo) drivers the right to a legally recognized voice on the job. This innovative new law made the city the first in the country to extend the ability to collectively negotiate for better work conditions to drivers currently classified as independent contractors.

Partnership for Working Families | February 11, 2016

Late last month, US Labor Secretary Tom Perez travelled to Silicon Valley to hear from the working people and community leaders who are using their ingenuity to tackle the extreme inequality that is now facing the area.

Jamie Way | January 28, 2016

Pathways Forward in an On-Demand World: How Progressives Can Challenge Precarious Work & Strengthen Communities in the New Economy


Partnership for Working Families | January 19, 2016
By Nikki Fortunato Bas on 1/18/16 for the Oakland Tribune My Word © 2016 Bay Area News Group
Partnership for Working Families | December 14, 2015

Nationwide – In a historic unanimous vote this afternoon, Seattle became the first city to help ensure safe and reliable transportation by giving all for-hire drivers – including Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers – a right to speak out collectively about workplace concerns.

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.