University of Cincinnati Libraries: Working for a Living. New online exhibit features Labor Collections in the Archives and Rare Books Library. “Labor history concerns the lives of workers and their various and diverse struggles for workplace democracy, improved working conditions, collective bargaining, and their relationship to changing forms of work and economic production. A new online exhibit features the University of Cincinnati’s Archives and Rare Books Library labor collections. Part of the Urban Studies Collection, the labor collections include records from Cincinnati’s AFL-CIO Labor Council, the Regional Joint Board of the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers, the Barbers’ Union Local 49, International Brotherhood of Painters & Allied Trades Local 308, and others.”
New York Times: Senators Urge Google to Give Temporary Workers Full-Time Status. “A group of Democratic senators has demanded in a letter sent to Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, that the internet giant convert its more than 120,000 temporary and contract workers to full-time employees.”
Phys .org: Researchers map global economy in collaboration with LinkedIn. “A small team of researchers at Indiana University has created the first global map of labor flow in collaboration with the world’s largest professional social network, LinkedIn. The work is reported in the journal Nature Communications.”
International Labour Organization: Just 10 per cent of workers receive nearly half of global pay. “An ILO assessment gives the first global estimates of the distribution of labour income, and shows that pay inequality remains pervasive in the world of work. The findings are drawn from a new database which includes national, regional and global data.”
PR Newswire: Evidensia: The Evidence Website Informing Action for a Sustainable Future (PRESS RELEASE). “Evidensia covers a broad range of sustainability issues, from climate change, deforestation, biodiversity and water conservation to child rights and wages. The information is represented in a variety of formats, including independent scientific studies, evaluation reports and case studies. Evidensia transparently shares where the credible research into the effects and impact of sustainability initiatives is positive and where improvements are needed.”
New York Times: How We Hang Out at Work Together Online Now. “TikTok, which encourages users to contribute short videos to hashtags, or to join in on jokes or challenges or to sing along with clips of songs, has, in its manic and frequent demands for content from its users, become an unlikely force for labor visibility.”
EurekAlert: Can social media lead to labor market discrimination? . “A new Journal of Economics & Management Strategy study investigates whether social media may be used as a source of information for recruiters to discriminate against job applicants. For the study, researchers set up an experiment that involved sending more than 800 applications from two fictitious applicants who differed in their cities of origin, a typical French town (Brives-la-Gaillarde) or Marrakesh, Morocco. This information is available only on their Facebook profiles, not on the resumes or the cover letters sent to recruiters. The investigators selected job openings published in over several months in mid-2012 on the French public agency for employment website Pôle emploi.”
University of Arkansas: Commonwealth College Fortnightly Now Searchable Online. “Commonwealth College in Mena published hundreds of issues of its newspaper, the Fortnightly, from 1926 to 1938. This digital collection provides access to more than 200 issues, allowing researchers to utilize the most complete record of activity at Arkansas’s historic radical labor school. The original mission of Commonwealth College was to produce educated leaders for the rapidly growing labor movement. ”
Vox EU: Global earnings inequality: Evidence from a new database. “Recent studies have analysed trends in global income inequality, but for most people in the world, labour earnings represent the vast majority of their income. This column uses a new global database on occupational earnings since 1970 to examine trends in earnings inequality between countries’ high- and low- earners, between countries, and between occupational groups. Global earnings inequality has fallen over the past half-century, and so has inequality within occupations, with main equalisation in the late 1990s and 2000s.”
Government Executive: Weather Service Employees File Unfair Labor Charge Over Restrictions on Social Media Use . “A Commerce Department directive from March that laid out restrictions on employees’ personal use of social media has prompted the National Weather Service Employees Organization to file an unfair labor practices complaint.”
New-to-me and apparently fairly recent: an online archive of labor contracts. “You might not expect that a project digitizing 100 years of labor-management agreements would shed light on societal trends, increase scholarship or encourage institutions to pursue similar projects. But the recently completed ‘Cornerstones in American Middle Class: Historical Collective Bargaining Agreements Project’ at Cornell University Library’s Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives did just that.”
This is a long article, but I think it’s worth your time. From TechRepublic: Inside Amazon’s clickworker platform: How half a million people are being paid pennies to train AI. “[Kristy] Milland is one of more than 500,000 “Turkers”—contract workers who perform small tasks on Amazon’s digital platform, which they refer to as “mTurk.” The number of active workers, who live across the globe, is estimated to run between 15,000 and 20,000 per month, according to Panos Ipeirotis, a computer scientist and professor at New York University’s business school. Turkers work anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours a day.”
Research: Social media and the transnationalization of mass activism: Twitter and the labour movement. “This paper explores the labour movement organization LabourStart, a digital initiative that, by various means such as e-mail campaigns and social media use, seeks to promote workers’ rights and to strengthen the labour movement on a global scale. The main aim of this study is to analyse a) how LabourStart employs Twitter for communication and organisation and b) how the Twitter-sphere that LabourStart constitutes — and is constituted by — is geographically structured.” Full paper available in HTML.
In development: a new database on workers and labor in the United States. “Once completed, the Skills Cooperative Research Database will be a shared public resource akin to the output of the Human Genome Project — containing the ‘DNA’ of every job in America. Economists may use the database to study phenomena such as post-recession job recovery, worker mobility, and labor market resilience, or to build new predictive macroeconomic models. Employers and governments could also use the data to observe local and up-to-date trends in job skill supply and demand, guiding workforce training and recruitment programs.”
The Minneapolis Labor Review has updated its digital archive. “The Labor Review is the official publication of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation and captures more than a century of worker history, including organizing drives, the historic 1934 truckers strike and numerous people and events. The archive allows visitors to search the text of all 109 years of the newspaper by name, date or topic. Users see the image of the newspaper page as it actually appeared in print and can download a pdf file of the page.” Access to the archive is free.