Contemporary automation discourse responds to a real, global trend: there are too few jobs for too many people. But it ignores the actual sources of this trend: deindustrialization, depressed investment, and ultra-wealthy elites who stand in the way of a post-scarcity society.
Gig workers were barely scraping by even before companies like Uber spent $200 million on the successful campaign to pass Proposition 22. Now, two paths lie ahead: one paved by corporate cash, and the other blazed by the workers behind the wheel.
The structural conditions shaping care work are highly exploitative—and are profoundly linked to the high degree of COVID-19’s spread within both long-term care facilities and the communities that supply their labor force.
A massive round of Disney Parks layoffs is acutely felt in Florida.
In-person, hybrid, and remote teaching all present different challenges for paraeducators.
The pandemic has exacerbated an existing child care crisis. Platforms like Care.com are growing, while exposing care workers to new forms of surveillance and discrimination.
Community and labor groups are campaigning for equal benefits for undocumented immigrants and other workers excluded from the coronavirus relief packages.
Homework and piece pay in the garment industry were largely abolished by the global labor struggles that preceded the New Deal. Silicon Valley capitalists have brought the model back.
Today, inequality—especially racial inequality—is not only produced through the job market but through people’s ability to hustle.
Introducing our Fall 2020 special section, “Technology and the Crisis of Work.”
Since March, the hosts of the Belabored podcast have been reporting on about what workers are facing during the crisis, and how they have been fighting back. Read four of their stories here.
The Democrats in the House just passed a new stimulus bill, but what are its odds of passing the Senate? Rebecca Dixon of the National Employment Law Project breaks it down.