Uber Über alles?

On-demand Labor in the Gig Economy by Seth Sandronsky IN AN ECONOMIC policy speech in July 2015, Hillary Clinton, then Democratic front-runner and now the presumptive nominee, introduced many Americans to the new term “gig economy” The phrase, apparently coined in 2009 and used rather interchangeably with terms like “1099 economy” and “on demand economy,” […]

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Protesting the “Gig” Economy

by Seth Sandronsky IN MID-OCTOBER, UBER DRIVERS nationwide protested the ride-hailing firm to demand higher pay and a tipping option. Drivers urged customers to refrain for one weekend from using the app-based business which allows the owners of private cars to give rides for pay, a market that taxis had dominated. “We always welcome feedback […]

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Labor in the On-Demand Economy

by Seth Sandronsky IT’S ANOTHER TALE of rich companies and poor workers. Uber is a mobile app-based ride-hailing firm, valued at $51 billion. Lyft is its business competitor, valued at $2.5 billion. Investors from America to China have skin in this game. Meanwhile, Takele Gobena, 26, is an Ethiopian immigrant in Seattle, Washington who transports […]

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Jews and Public Education Reform

by Seth Sandronsky THERE ARE QUITE A FEW American Jews who have skin in the game when it comes to resisting  corporate-style public school reform, including charter schools and high-stakes testing. One is Diane Ravitch, author of Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools (Knopf, 2013). […]

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Jewish Advocacy for Increasing the Minimum Wage

by Seth Sandronsky TALK ABOUT HOT: The minimum wage went up in twenty-six states and the nation’s capital between January 1, 2014, and July 24, 2015, reports the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Support in part is coming from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the Service Employees International Union, and some Democratic […]

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