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Trump’s Driver Sues Him for 6 Years of Unpaid Overtime

July 16, 2018

Noel Cintron, Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 25 years, says his boss didn’t pay him overtime and raised his salary only twice in 15 years, clawing back the second raise by cutting off his health benefits. Mr. Cintron is suing his former employer for the back wages.

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“Donald Trump’s former driver sues over unpaid wages,” Sabrina Siddiqui, The Guardian

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Age Discrimination at IBM

April 25, 2018

IBM is 94 years old, but the corporation has fired 20,000 employees ages 40 and over in the past 5 years. Those employees, even the ones with excellent performance reviews, had something that the company couldn’t abide: salaries commensurate with their experience and seniority.

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“Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM,” Peter Gosselin and Ariana Tobin, ProPublica

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Equal Pay Day 2018

April 10, 2018

Equal Pay Day 2018

It’s Pay Equality Day, last of the 99 extra days into 2018 that American women worked to finally make the same amount of wages that men made by Dec. 31, 2017. The concept originated with the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 as a way to point out the economic injustice of  American women earning 82 cents when men are earning a dollar. Want to change that inequity? Look here.

In a timely decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that employers can’t use workers’ salary histories to justify paying women less.

More:

“When Is Equal Pay Day? 2018 Is The Year Women Can Help Close It Once & For All,” Sarah Friedmann, Bustle

 

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Carrier

January 17, 2018

During his 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump won a victory when he convinced the Carrier company to keep 800 manufacturing jobs in Indiana instead of moving them to Mexico. But Carrier has laid off some of those Indiana workers due to outsourcing and automation.

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More:

“Carrier Employees, Soon to Be Laid Off, Feel Betrayed by Donald Trump,” Charles Bethea, The New Yorker

Related:

“Labor seeks to break into the debate over robots,” Steve LeVine, Axios

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Job Deletion: A Feature, Not a Bug?

September 4, 2017

Job Deletion: A Feature, Not a Bug?

Happy Labor Day.

“We are being afflicted with a new disease of which some readers may not yet have heard the name, but of which they will hear a great deal in the years to come – namely, technological unemployment. This means unemployment due to our discovery of means of economising the use of labour outrunning the pace at which we can find new uses for labour.” — John Maynard Keynes, 1930

“Today we’re living in those years to come, and it’s hard to go a week without some story about how all the jobs will soon belong to artificial intelligence or machine learning or however else we’re describing the automatons. Keynes was right to see it coming, but he didn’t exactly nail the implications.” — Malcolm Harris, 2017

More:

“A Jobless Future Everyone Can Love,” Malcolm Harris, Pacific Standard

“AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs,” Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Pieria

“Jobs aren’t the solution to America’s problems—they’re the cause,” James Livingston, Quartz

“A robot tax rises from American center of tech industry,” Janie Har, Associated Press

“What the Industrial Revolution really tells us about the future of automation and work,” Moshe Y. Vardi, The Conversation

“Work In The Digital Society,” Social Europe

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Energy Sector Jobs

May 4, 2017

Energy Sector Jobs
Last year 1.9 million Americans were employed in electric power generation, mining and other fuel extraction activities, according to a Department of Energy report. In short, there are twice as many people working in solar energy than in coal:

Oil: 515,518
Natural gas: 398,235
Solar Energy: 373,000
Coal: 160,000
Bioenergy: 130,677
Wind: 101,738
Nuclear: 76,771
Hydroelectric: 65,554
Geothermal: 5,768

Another 2.3 million jobs were in energy transmission, storage and distribution (powerline and pipeline workers, etc.) and more than 900,000 retail jobs (gas station workers and fuel dealers, et al.). If workers involved in manufacturing and installing energy-efficient products are included, the total number of energy-related jobs totals 6.4 million.

More:

“Today’s Energy Jobs Are in Solar, Not Coal,” Nadja Popovich, New York Times

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The Gender Wage Gap

September 9, 2016

The Gender Wage Gap

“Women earn 79 cents for every dollar a man makes.”  Factually correct, but that doesn’t reflect the complexity of the problem. Sarah Kliff explains:

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The Last Job on Earth

February 27, 2016

“The Last Job on Earth,” animation by the Moth Collective for The Guardian. Read Paul Mason’s explainer here.

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“Is this the future of work? Scientists predict which jobs will still be open to humans in 2035,” Paul Karp, The Guardian

“Why Stephen Hawking is more afraid of capitalism than robots,” Brian Resnick, Vox

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If We Make It Through December

December 12, 2015

“If We Make It Through December” written and performed by Merle Haggard, 1973. Johnny Gimble on fiddle, Bobby Wayne on lead guitar.

“I got laid off down at the factory
And their timing’s not the greatest in the world
Heaven knows I been workin’ hard
I wanted Christmas to be right for daddy’s girl
Now I don’t mean to hate December
It’s meant to be the happy time of year
And why my little girl don’t understand
Why daddy can’t afford no Christmas here.”

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The 40 Percent

October 17, 2015

The 40 Percent

On-call, part-time, provisional, and non-permanent workers, freelancers, temporary contract workers, independent contractors and consultants. Put them all together and you’ve got about 40 percent of America’s workers.

It breaks down like this:

Agency temps: 1.3%
On-call workers (work when needed): 3.5%
Contract company workers: 3.0%
Independent contractors: 12.9%
Self-employed workers (shop owners, etc.) 3.3%
Part-time workers: 16.2%

It’s possible to define this group down and pretend that many of these under-employed, under-paid workers are “independent small business owners,” but that doesn’t make their lives any less precarious. Many contingent workers in this “1099 Economy” are also contingent social service clients.

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