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Perhaps nothing demonstrates the precarity that low-wage workers experience more than the irregular work schedule. In many service jobs, workers might know what they will be paid per hour when they’re hired, but never know how many hours they will be working each week. The lack of stable hours means not just a wildly unstable income, but often, no ability to manage the time you spend with family or at school. This week on Belabored, we examine the impact of unfair scheduling on the lives of retail workers. We speak to activists with the Retail Action Project and Women Employed, who are pushing for policy changes to give workers fair schedules and just hours.
We also discuss the Supreme Court drama over employer-sponsored health insurance and reproductive rights; the idea of "the end of jobs" in the context of low-wage workers’ struggles; labor protections for unpaid interns; and Wall Street’s attack on Los Angeles. Plus, recommended reading on the tyranny of the gig economy and the value of the welfare state.
Conversation with Sonsira Espinal, Onieka O’Kieffe, and Sasha Hammad of Retail Action Project, and Christina Warden of Women Employed
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