AFL-CIO to Host Labor Web Conferences Friday-Monday of Labor Day Week-End

Join AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka for a conversation with union members who are serving on the front lines as we battle COVID-19. From teaching our kids to caring for the sick to serving our communities, these workers will share their personal journeys and discuss why we need to pass the HEROES Act to protect and support those on the job.

LABOR LIVE: FRONT-LINE WORKERS AND COVID-19 – Friday Sept 4, 3pm PT

LABOR LIVE: THE ONGOING ECONOMIC FALLOUT OF COVID-19 – Sat. Sept 5 9am PT

LABOR LIVE: PROTECTING THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE AND VOTE BY MAIL Sunday Sept 6 3pm PT

LABOR DAY LIVE: A CONVERSATION WITH VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, Monday, Sept 7, 1:15p PT

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50 Top Private Software Companies of 2020

Guild – Partners with Fortune 1000 companies and nonprofit universities to offer education benefits to their employees.

Inc. – dedicated to the coverage of owners and managers of private companies – recently released the Inc 5000 2020. This list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America is grouped by industry, including engineering, manufacturing, transportation, and others. The software category was particularly impressive with its median growth of 197%, total revenues of $13.4 billion, and contributions of over 46,000 jobs, according to Inc. 

These award-winning companies represent the fastest-growing software application-based service vendors. Most are focused on popular online markets such as insurance, mortgages, wealth creation, job hunting, health care selection, product (often cannabis and art supplies) distribution, resellers, and other goods and services. Regardless of the market that they cover, software engineers will find the innovative techniques of interest, from user interface design and methods to accessing fairly dispersed database or HTML indexes to new online business models and the use of the latest software tech.

Inc.’s annual ranking of the leading privately-held American software companies provides insights and surprises. Software engineers will find the innovative techniques of interest, from user interface design and methods to accessing fairly dispersed database or HTML indexes to new online business models and the use of the latest software tech. See companies here

Prop 22 Lets Voters Weigh in on the Gig Economy of Uber & Lyft

Uber and Lyft drivers use their own vehicles and are paid by the ride, giving rise to the term “gig economy.”

Uber and Lyft contend that they give drivers opportunities to voluntarily supplement their incomes by working whenever it suits them. But, this business model has is unsettled unions and many in government, who contend that it deprives workers of rights and benefits of being on the payroll, such as contributions for Social Security and Medicare benefits and overtime pay. As independent contractors, gig workers also cannot be union members.

Two years ago, the state Supreme Court declared gig work illegal, and the Legislature followed up with measure, Assembly Bill 5, which put the decision into law. Uber and Lyft, responded with a ballot measure, #22 on Nov 3, 2020 ballot, that would exempt them from the Assembly Bill 5 legislation while offering gig workers some employee-lite benefits.

Voters will decide whether gig work is an appropriate new model or an illegal denial of worker rights and counter to state labor law, when they vote on Prop 22 in November.

The Pro Proposistion 22 coalition is comprised of companies employing gig workers, and the anti-Proposition 22 coalition is comprised of unions and many in government. Attorney General Becerra and some city attorneys have now also sued Uber and Lyft for continuing to classify their drivers as independent contractors despite the passage of AB 5.

Recently , San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman ruled against the companies. Judge Schulman said the companies’ employment practices are depriving drivers “of the panoply of basic rights to which employees are entitled under California law.”

Major ‘Milestone’ for Workers as California Judge Rules Uber and Lyft Must Classify Drivers as Employees

In a move that local political leaders and labor rights advocates celebrated as a major win for gig workers, a California judge ruled Monday that the ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber must classify drivers in the state as employees rather than independent contractors to comply with state law.

“The years-long ploy of these behemoth corporations to stall, obfuscate, and flat-out break the law has failed. There must be no more delays.”
—Art Pulaski, California Labor Federation

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman’s decision came in a case filed gainst Lyft and Uber in May by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the city attorneys of Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, who accused the companies of violating Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5), which Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed last year.

“The court has weighed in and agreed: Uber and Lyft need to put a stop to unlawful misclassification of their drivers while our litigation continues,” Becerra said in a statement responding to Schulman’s preliminary injunction, which is stayed for 10 days to allow for legal appeals.

“While this fight still has a long way to go, we’re pushing ahead to make sure the people of California get the workplace protections they deserve,” Becerra added. “Our state and workers shouldn’t have to foot the bill when big businesses try to skip out on their responsibilities. We’re going to keep working to make sure Uber and Lyft play by the rules.”

source: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/08/11/major-milestone-workers-california-judge-rules-uber-and-lyft-must-classify-drivers

Webinar: Women in Entertainment- Community RoundTable: THE NEW FACE OF ENTERTAINMENT – July 23rd, 12:00 PM

July 23rd, 12:00 PM – ZoomAs COVID-19 has changed our traditional Entertainment world we will listen to a set of panelists in the industry brainstorm. Join us to discuss how new ways to bring Entertainment to the public has started 

Women in Entertainment is a topic that brings out so many questions. At NEW-WBC we want to open the conversation for women who own micro to small businesses in the entertainment industry to have a place to bring their concerns, open the discussion, and look for alternatives. What is our next step? We brought a group of entrepreneurs to the Community Roundtable to share their experiences. What is our expectation? To open the opportunity to create a group of professionals in the entertainment industry who will work together to open the space for more women.At our center we provide the tools and skills to make businesses succeed. In addition we want to open a platform for women in entertainment to discuss new opportunities, share success and help each other.

Click here to register and see list of speakers

How Cobots Can be Leveraged in the Covid-19 Age

Join a 60-minute webinar, “How How Cobots Can be Leveraged in the Covid-19 Age” with live Q&A on Tuesday, June 30 at 11:00 AM EDT / 8:00 AM PDT.

In just a short three months, COVID-19 has driven global manufacturing into a temporary halt. Now, as manufacturers look to restart operations, leaders struggle to create the “new normal.”  Industry experts cite automation and technology as two key factors in helping companies succeed. Leading the automation pack are collaborative robots or “cobots” – robots that are safe, easy to program and cost-effective.

Those attending this webinar will learn:

  1. Basics of collaborative robots
  2. Ongoing labor issues after COVID-19
  3. Real-world examples of how cobots are helping deliver social distancing on the factory floor
  4. Reshoring – how cobots can help with incremental automation
  5. The role cobots can play in round-the-clock shiftwork to meet tighter delivery schedules

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Update from LA Mayor Garcetti re Cover-19

 I want to share a few updates on our actions to protect our city in the midst of this crisis. Please share all of this information with your family and friends.

Across Los Angeles, we just finished up our second weekend staying safer at home. By keeping our distance and changing up our normal routines, millions of us made the choice to do right by our neighbors, our seniors, our loved ones, and our own health. Believe me when I tell you: that decision will save lives.

From the very start of the COVID-19 crisis, we have poured everything we have into our response. Keeping vital services up and running. Strengthening our health care system. Supporting the Angelenos hardest hit by the economic blow from this emergency.

You can continue to find updates and resources at Coronavirus.LACity.org, and make sure you’re signed up for notifications from the City at NotifyLA.org.

click here to go to the full message from Mayor Garcetti.

Stream online! Tuesday, April 14, 2020 — 6:30 PM How Can We Make Farmwork Healthier?

A Zócalo/The California Wellness Foundation Event

Farm work is vital to our society—and dangerous for the people who do it. Farmworkers are exposed to a variety of health hazards: noise, heat, harmful chemicals, and musculoskeletal injuries, to name a few. Farmworkers’ struggles with long hours, low wages, polluted air, overcrowded housing, and frequent relocations often add to their challenges, especially in mental health. What do Californians owe to the laborers who put fruits, vegetables, nuts, and milk on our tables? How are changes in technology and immigration enforcement reshaping the nature of farm work and its health concerns? What progress has been made in protecting the health of farmworkers, and what important steps are regulators or the agricultural industry refusing to take? Organic farmer and artist Nikiko Masumoto, Huron Mayor Rey León, health researcher Chia Thao, and Tania Pacheco-Werner, co-assistant director of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute, visit Zócalo to consider how to make farm work healthier.

Click here to register and obtain information for streaming this on your computer live.

Employers Used Facebook to Keep Women and Older Workers From Seeing Job Ads

The Federal Government Thinks That’s Illegal.

In a first, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that companies violated civil rights law through their use of Facebook’s targeting advertising.

Two years ago, ProPublica and The New York Times revealed that companies were posting discriminatory job ads on Facebook, using the social network’s targeting tools to keep older workers from seeing employment opportunities. Then we reported companies were using Facebook to exclude women from seeing job ads. Experts told us that it was most likely illegal. And it turns out the federal government now agrees. A group of recent rulings by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found “reasonable cause” to conclude that seven employers violated civil rights protections by excluding women or older workers or both from seeing job ads they posted on Facebook. full article