Author Archives: Chris Benner

Kony 2012–Simple dangerous messages

The Kony 2012 viral video has become something of a icon of the power of social media, in both its most powerful and dangerous ways. While I’ve followed the various debates only from a distance, I thought I’d just post … Continue reading

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Local Cyber Day Labor Sites?

One of the great things about being a professor is that my students are constantly introducing me to new trends in technology and work.  The latest innovation (well, not so new now–founded in 2008) introduced to me by a student … Continue reading

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Labor Talks in Detroit Go Social Media

There is a really interesting article in today’s New York Times about the UAW’s use of social media during their contract negotiations with the auto companies. The gist of the article is that the new tools are enabling the union … Continue reading

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Anonymity and building solidarity online = building anonunity?

I had a chance to talk with Sam Fratto today about IBEW Local 363’s innovative use of an anonymous blog in organizing 164 employees of an InBev can factory in the Hudson River Valley.  Sam is a dedicated lifelong union … Continue reading

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Transport Workers Union’s video from Wisconsin

Uprising in Wisconsin from TWU International on Vimeo.

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“Do something good… Famously.”

So….this story isn’t really about labor organizing, but it is about a really interesting use of new media. The challenge to “do something good…famously” was provided by an advertising agency to their interns. The interns decided that “…famous was just … Continue reading

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Young Workers Rising

The brand-new Young Worker Advisory Council met in Washington DC last week, as part of renewed efforts within the AFL-CIO to engage the next generation of young workers. There’s a brief article, with appropriate links and more information about it … Continue reading

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