That said, some part of me says that the right progressive, labor-focused nonprofit organization, IF it had its cybersecurity certified by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, just might be able to pull this off.
And, we need somebody to try.
In today's era of shrinking unions, white and gray collar workers still having socioeconomic class snobbery (even if they're not that high on the totem pole) about unions, "tort reform" directed against on the job injuries and more, an informational mecca like this would definitely level the playing field to some extent.
It's not as if state governments stand up for workers, certainly not in red states like here in Tejas. The Texas Workforce Commission? It just posts job ads you can find on Monster and elsewhere while casting a narrow eyeball on unemployment eligibility. It officially does not act as a site to receive employee grievances against employers.
Personal thoughts below the fold.
With a boss who, two months ago, advertised my position as "open," then last week, still having not made too much work to fill it, retitled my job and trimmed my pay while promising a "more active" search to replace me, yet hasn't readvertised my position, would be at the bottom, to date. As if I don't already want out of here and am trying to get a decent job, and one that's not a short-term pickup, with decent pay.
And, if we had a companion "Rate My Workplace" site, ditto on it, and on ownership. And, beyond that, not just that, but as a newspaper ... sorry, but the longer I'm here, even in today's newspaper world, the less this place impresses me as a newspaper in some ways.
Oh, I've learned things here. But primarily from the "via negativa," to use the old Christian metaphysics term. Or, more specifically, more about how things shouldn't be run then how they should. I've also learned more than ever before about workplace personal dynamics.
That all said, Robert Reich was right, in "Locked in the Cabinet" — "we" language vs. "they" language is a clear indicator of an employee's emotional investment in a job. My previous newspaper, I split on this language, in part because I hated not being in Dallas any more. Here? It's all "they" language when I talk to outsiders beyond this area.