Starbucks, which enjoys a positive reputation for relatively progressive labor practices, apparently still has work to do. This recent NY Times piece ("Starbucks Falls Short After Pledging Better Labor Practices") outlines where the company hasn't fulfilled its promises. More importantly, the article highlights the pressures that low-level managers are under. [...]
Selected violation rates from "Unregulated Work in Chicago: The Breakdown of Workplace Protections in the Low-Wage Labor Market" We began our startup journey with the intuition that workers' rights were challenged, but we had no idea how bad the situation [...]
Sean Tenner (left) and Don Chartier (right) attended a Hillary Clinton fundraiser hosted by Smita Shah in Chicago. Hillary couldn't make it, so we had to settle for her husband, Bill, who you might also know. The President was gracious enough to take an HourVoice business card, and his aide, John [...]
HourVoice is an early-stage startup building a "workplace transparency platform" to help non-unionized hourly workers. Why Think of a McDonald's crew member, a sales clerk at a retail store, a home care worker. They don't belong to a labor union. How much bargaining power do they have? Think about the [...]
HourVoice™ has been chosen as one of three "client" projects that Loyola University students in Gezinus Hidding's System Requirements class will work on. Loyola is a particularly appropriate school to work on HourVoice because "Social justice is at the core of Loyola University Chicago's mission". We're thrilled to be working with [...]
Don Chartier recently attended Transparency Camp in Washington, DC. It's an "unconference" sponsored by the Sunlight Foundation. He made several useful contacts with open data professionals based in Chicago and elsewhere, and a key contact at a major labor union. Good trip!