We’ve been talking about “deconstructing the corporation.” Michelle Miller and Jess Kutch of coworker.org have been deconstructing the union. We often think about unions as a vehicle for collective bargaining. But what Jess and Michelle have figured out is that worker power begins with worker voice, giving workers an opportunity to speak to their concerns and issues. And they’ve figured out how to use social media to amplify that voice. Their success in building a platform that lets workers raise issues and gather support, from the bottom up, is revolutionary, and an essential complement to the network-based employment platforms of the future.
— Tim O’Reilly
Whether you’re reviewing your employer’s health benefits on Glassdoor or organizing a wildcat strike on Facebook — technology is making it easier for anyone to shift power in the workplace.
As an employee, you’re responsible to your employer to perform a job. As a co-worker, you’re responsible to each other to push for a more healthy, humane workplace.
On Coworker.org, anyone can advocate for improvements in the workplace. We’re building the digital infrastructure to sustain and support workplace democracy in the 21st century.
Jess Kutch is a digital strategist and the co-founder of Coworker.org, a platform for people to win change in the workplace. Jess leads Coworker.org in catalyzing the growth and impact of independent, employee-led networks inside some of the world’s largest companies.
Prior to Coworker.org, Jess served as Organizing Director at Change.org, where she led a team of campaigners in providing strategic support to petition creators on the platform. Her work raised Change.org’s profile around the world and helped inspire thousands of people to launch and lead their own efforts. Jess also worked for the Service Employees International Union, where she pioneered digital strategies for the labor movement. Her campaigns have been profiled by media outlets around the world, including ABC World News, the BBC, and the New York Times. Jess frequently appears at conferences to speak about the future of work and worker voice, most recently as a featured speaker at the 2015 Personal Democracy Forum. She is a former Senior Fellow for the New Organizing Institute and a 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellow. She lives in Washington, DC with her wife, Rebecca, and their son, Sam.
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