After firing employees who objected to company policy, Google is facing an unfair labor practices case with huge implications for the future of U.S. democracy.

Google’s well-known motto, “Don’t be Evil,” might imply the company expects employees will use their moral compass. Then again, maybe not. The National Labor Relations…


On August 28, I brought my family to the National Mall to join March On for Voting Rights. It’s hard to know whether you’re making history when you’re right in the middle of it. Fifty years previously, on August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King led 250,000 people on a…


Gender justice advocates have been waiting for far too long for trade justice. Women’s rights organizations have been pointing this out for at least two decades in research and advocacy around the role of trade agreements in exacerbating inequality.

This activism, epitomized by memorable protests when trade negotiators convened in…


Labor groups refused to give in after rideshare companies won an anti-worker state ballot initiative last year through a heavily funded disinformation campaign.

Photo credit: Rideshare Drivers United

Gig workers have won an important victory in California’s courts. On August 20, a judge ruled that a ballot initiative by Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash aimed at…


Photo Credit: Access Advocates (accessadvocates.com)

Just a few months and a lifetime ago I felt compelled to comment on the Trump Administration’s attack on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. …


The Mexico City Generation Equality Mural by artist Adry del Rocio (UN Women / Dzilam Méndez)

On June 30 a long-awaited global event, the Generation Equality Forum, will commence. Governments, philanthropists, businesses and civil society advocates will place a global spotlight on gender equality. The event marks a quarter century…


Photo Credit: Solidarity Center

President Biden’s first 100 days have shown this Administration’s commitment to America’s workers. From the direct support for workers seeking to organize at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama to the announcement of a new White House task force on unions to investments for workers in the care economy, the President’s…


James Farrar, a lead plaintiff in the successful UK labor rights case against Uber, is turning his sights to data protection, a critical worker issue in the 21st Century.

Photo credit: ADCU

In recent weeks, courts in multiple countries have delivered huge victories for gig workers by establishing the principle that these workers…


The new administration must use its power to crack down on exploitation of platform workers and reverse the erosion of decent work.

Photo credit: Labor Radio Network

The Biden-Harris administration is off to a great start for workers, with a progressive incoming labor team and immediate removal of Trump loyalists at places like the National…


We have entered a new stage of capitalism. The global economy is no longer what connects our economic activity. It’s now the digital economy, where geographies cease to matter — at least to capital — as everything happens in cyberspace, on platforms.

In this William Gibson-esque world, work is being…

Bama Athreya

Expert on labor, gender equity and workplace social inclusion, labor migration and trafficking. Interested in the intersection of tech and social movements.

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