Bargaining for the common good is good for workers and communities

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When workers align with local constituents to fight for shared goals, it strengthens their campaigns. What if unions could help not only their members but also the broader communities where they work? That’s the concept of Bargaining for the Common Good (BCG), a practice in which unions team up with local community groups, racial justice organizations, students, and other stakeholders to establish shared goals and launch targeted action campaigns to see that they are met. When employees aren’t well paid, or suffer from poor working conditions, the impact is “not just on workers but on the people that workers serve,” says Stephen Lerner, a senior fellow at the Bargaining for the Common Good Network, an organization born from the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University. Here are three cases of BCG in action. Read Full Story

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Why digital donations through Venmo and Cash App have exploded during the pandemic

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People asking for money online has become more and more prevalent—and reveals an unsettling reality about the state of our safety net. A college student pleading for grocery money. A driver in need of an unexpected car repair. A worker out of a job because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A single mom who needs to pay the internet bill to support her kids’ distance learning. Read Full Story

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Yale students 3D-print a cheap device for relieving the ventilator shortage

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Ventilators are in astonishingly short supply. This $250 device allows two patients to share the same ventilator. Ventilators are in short supply all over the world, from the United States to Africa . One concern is that this will lead desperate hospital workers to hook up multiple patients to one jury-rigged ventilator, which can be dangerous , even if it may be better than no treatment at all. Read Full Story

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How the government failed working parents—and which policies could help

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From essential worker stipends to paying daycare tuition, states are trying different approaches to help families with young children weather the pandemic. This story is part of Fast Company ‘s Reinventing Education package. As millions of students begin school during a deadly pandemic and global recession, we’re highlighting the ongoing efforts to keep children safe in the classroom, educate them remotely, and help their parents manage a new second shift. Click here to read the whole series. Read Full Story

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Uniqlo’s best-selling AIRism face mask has a new design and colors

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This Fast Company editor favorite is breathable, washable, form-fitting—and now, more comfortable than ever. I spend a large portion of my week projecting behind a mask. I am by no means a frontline worker, but when in a socially distanced classroom, where students are at least six feet apart, lecturing very, very loudly and clearly has become a newly acquired skill. That said, I’ve been through a multitude of masks to find one that offers supreme protection, but also keeps me from sounding like Charlie Brown’s mom. And none come close to Uniqlo’s AIRism ones . Read Full Story

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