Innovation for Jobs

Innovation for Jobs

Unionization of high-tech temps

Marjory Blumenthal

Sun Mar 29 2015 20:04:39 GMT-0400 (EDT)

The Sunday Washington Post has a piece on how one

The Sunday Washington Post has a piece on how one man organized a group of
people at Microsoft who work for contractors but without many of the
benefits, including paid time off, that regular employees take for
granted. I would assume this category of workers gets a W2, but the
situation illustrates that there is more than a simple W2 v. 1099
distinction.

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Voeller, John G.

Sun Mar 29 2015 23:07:52 GMT-0400 (EDT)

This is the type of thing that Jared Bernstein, Biden’s

This is the type of thing that Jared Bernstein, Biden’s economic advisor who came with R. Emanuel and Larry Summers, has been hoping to push for most of his career. He believed all workers should be in some form of union as he saw the slow shift to outsourcing moving from optional or specialty based to a near majority of employment in the next three decades. However, the problem is that the role and leverage of unions was transcended with the creation of the most recent laws dictating responsibilities of senior corporate officers and board members. They cannot be pushed to bend in ways past management-union battles occurred. These issues plus the increasing knowledge imbalance between domestic and foreign workers will limit what Bernstein and his colleagues had hoped could be accomplished to give workers more power but that is a subset of what I4J could help to shift. We will need new legislative models that do not start with the status quo protectionist thinking but reframe the discussions with a new perspective on balance that is integrated with the major issues the world faces together. It would seem that the I4J needs a research center to attract funding to examine these issues in earnest and in an integrated form.

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The Sunday Washington Post has a piece on how one man organized a group of people at Microsoft who work for contractors but without many of the benefits, including paid time off, that regular employees take for granted. I would assume this category of workers gets a W2, but the situation illustrates that there is more than a simple W2 v. 1099 distinction.

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Marjory Blumenthal

Mon Mar 30 2015 10:26:23 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Good point on the policy history. Lest I make the

Good point on the policy history. Lest I make the wrong inference, I would
appreciate your clarifying "increasing knowledge imbalance between domestic
and foreign workers."

As a veteran of research and research-funding activities of different
kinds, I am leery of advocating Yet Another research entity…at least
without a clear case that others aren't doing the needed research. It
could be that i4j might serve as a clearinghouse or curator or integrator
of work being done on a distributed basis by a variety of actors.

Regards,

M


David Nordfors

Tue Mar 31 2015 01:22:06 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Marjory and John,

Some thoughts here – the Nordic countries

Marjory and John,

Some thoughts here – the Nordic countries have a good tradition of trade union – employer interaction. Sven Littorin, the former Swedish minister for employment and co-founder of i4j can be a good guy to ask, in case you are interested.

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CEO, IIIJ
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Marjory Blumenthal

Sun Apr 05 2015 10:40:26 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Very belated…Sweden and, I believe, other Nordic nations have a

Very belated…Sweden and, I believe, other Nordic nations have a tradition
of attention to quality of working life that is much longer or at least
more broadly held than has been the case in the USA. That was certainly
evident in the 1980s during those discussions about industrial robots. To
my eye, it is only the rise of the post-Baby-Boom generations, esp. the
vaunted Millennials, that has caused a meaningful increase in such interest
in this country. And yet, dissatisfaction with both compensation and
working conditions are motivating these new interests in labor
organization. Many moving parts here…

M


David Nordfors

Sun Apr 05 2015 14:41:07 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Marjory and friends, the Nordic tradition of attention to quality

Marjory and friends, the Nordic tradition of attention to quality of working life is soon one century old. The manifesto “Acceptera!” (“Accept!”) from the Stockholm Exhibition 1930 is one of the blue prints for the Nordic Model.

It’s valid for our discussion.

It was written by three visionary architects who said that mass production was creating a new society, destroying the old one – and good riddance. We must accept and adapt, they said. Dare to let go of the old society and embrace the new.

Here below some quotes from Acceptera!, the original 1930 text. It’s radical stuff, militant almost, which is perhaps why it was received with mixed reviews. But the nuggets were in there that shaped the “Swedish Model” that became famous.

“THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE MASS…. The personal or the universal? Quality or quantity? – Insoluble questions, for the collective is a fact we cannot disregard any more than we can disregard the needs of individuals for lives or their own. The problem in our times can be stated as: Quantity AND quality, the mass AND the individual. It is necessary to solve this problem in building-art and industrial art.”

“Our attitude to ‘issues’ and our solutions for them are 99 percent based on our own interests. We seldom find the means to adapt radically to new situations. “

“It is possible to divide social life into the six following areas: Work. Home. Raising Children. Recreation. Religion. Social Concerns. These six areas have not all reached the same stage of development; some have stopped at a certain point or have developed extremely slowly. In fact in only one or two of these areas can it truly be said that we are only now, for the first tim, experiencing the most rapid changes that have ever taken place in history, and this applies mainly to our work [in house-building]. With only slight exaggeration one could say that we live, or have lived until recently, with nineteenth-century upbringing, eighteenth-century domestic life, sixteenth-century religious life; Work and amusements develop most quickly, then come upbringing and social issues, followed by domestic adaptations to the new circumstances, and finally religion."

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acceptera <4ca1f53bff55d7f9da8cdbdfa89a47ac9cde6a39>
Acceptera! (in English): http://books.google.com/books?id=KMNQuHEcyDgC&lpg=PA1&pg=PA140#v=onepage&q=acceptera!

The Stockholm Exhibition wanted to show a new life style for all, something that would make people let go of the old society and move forward.

We need something like that now – a new ‘Nordic Model’ for this new machine age, and an exhibition of the inclusive society and life style it can bring to all people. Positive visions of radical new solutions to life style.

Perhaps something for the Computer History Museum or The Tech Museum in San Jose and other visionary places in the world?

Or thinking big – a World Exhibition in San Francisco?

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CEO, IIIJ
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Robin Chase

Sun Apr 05 2015 15:03:09 GMT-0400 (EDT)

As I conceive of it, the new organizational structure Peers

As I conceive of it, the new organizational structure Peers Inc gives the
benefits of collective action (through the platform/Inc) while also
preserving the creativity and innovation brought about by the individual
peers.

The Internet and platforms are changing that biforcated optionality.

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David Nordfors

Sun Apr 05 2015 16:04:08 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Robin – you are spot on. the Internet has brought

Robin – you are spot on. the Internet has brought about new collective-individual-relations. I’m interested in your thoughts, did you construct any scenarios for a middle class society? Im interested in visions of how a day in ordinary people’s lives can look like.

/D

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CEO, IIIJ
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Herman Gyr

Sun Apr 05 2015 17:05:30 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Team – just to underscore how important this discussion is:

Team – just to underscore how important this discussion is: we ain't seen nothin' yet!
http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-1.html
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Curt Carlson

Sun Apr 05 2015 20:09:21 GMT-0400 (EDT)

Great summary Herman.
I added a post to my website

Great summary Herman.
I added a post to my website https://www.practiceofinnovation.com about the possibilities and importance of improving innovative performance, which is my topic for the next meeting. All feedback would be appreciated.


Curtis R. Carlson, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO, Practice of Innovation
Former President and CEO of SRI International, 1998-2014
Website: www.practiceofinnovation.com

"Our most important innovation is the way we work."

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