International Labour Organization: ILO launches new online database on employment policies and strategies to promote an inclusive job-rich recovery

International Labour Organization: ILO launches new online database on employment policies and strategies to promote an inclusive job-rich recovery. “Aimed at governments, social partners, research institutions, practitioners and other development stakeholders, the Employment Policy Gateway enables users to search existing national policies and strategies for employment promotion by region, country and themes. This allows comparisons of national policies across countries and supports research and analysis on existing policy instruments.”

Georgia State University: Georgia State Libraries Awarded National Grant To Digitize Historically Significant Labor and Civil Rights Materials

Georgia State University: Georgia State Libraries Awarded National Grant To Digitize Historically Significant Labor and Civil Rights Materials. “Georgia State University’s Libraries have received a $350,000 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to digitize and provide access to American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Civil Rights Southeast Division and national-level records from the AFL, CIO and AFL-CIO Civil Rights Department.”

University of Cincinnati Libraries: Working for a Living. New online exhibit features Labor Collections in the Archives and Rare Books Library.

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.”

Evidensia: The Evidence Website Informing Action for a Sustainable Future (PR Newswire) (PRESS RELEASE)

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.”

EurekAlert: Can social media lead to labor market discrimination?

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

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

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.”

Cornell: Downloads of labor contracts surge after they go online

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.”

TechRepublic – Inside Amazon’s clickworker platform: How half a million people are being paid pennies to train AI

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.”

Social media and the transnationalization of mass activism: Twitter and the labour movement

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.