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On tech-enabled labor arbitrage – On my Om
The entire human history is built on screwing over the poor. If Roose and his coterie of writers at the Times want to haul up the technology companies for their lack of empathy and morals —great, we need to do that. I have been calling for better treatment of the freelancers and low-level employees by these technology-enabled platforms for a while. But we must spare some energy for reflecting on and changing our own behaviors. Softbank cannot force us to use the apps they support. We literally buy into these systems, and we are the ones that make them successful enough to attract an insane amount of investment dollars.  

The most effective use of our energy would be to figure out how to get by without using any of these app-based human labor arbitrage services at all. But are people ready for that?
by:ommalik  labor  apps  softbank  economy 
november 2019 by dirtystylus
4-Day Workweek Boosted Workers' Productivity By 40%, Microsoft Japan Says : NPR
In the U.S., Schawbel sees schedule flexibility and a four-day week as two ways for employers to ease what he calls an ongoing burnout crisis.

At the heart of the discussion of workplace burnout and schedule flexibility is technology. The same electronic tools that have made working from home easier than ever have also made it harder for employees to fully unplug from their jobs when they aren't in the office.
labor  japan  microsoft  productivity  work  workculture  techculture 
november 2019 by dirtystylus
Employee Rights | NLRB | Public Website
Union Activity

Employees have the right to attempt to form a union where none currently exists, or to decertify a union that has lost the support of employees.

Examples of employee rights include:

Forming, or attempting to form, a union in your workplace;
Joining a union whether the union is recognized by your employer or not;
Assisting a union in organizing your fellow employees;
Refusing to do any or all of these things.
To be fairly represented by a union
Activity Outside a Union

Employees who are not represented by a union also have rights under the NLRA. Specifically, the National Labor Relations Board protects the rights of employees to engage in “concerted activity”, which is when two or more employees take action for their mutual aid or protection regarding terms and conditions of employment. A single employee may also engage in protected concerted activity if he or she is acting on the authority of other employees, bringing group complaints to the employer’s attention, trying to induce group action, or seeking to prepare for group action.

A few examples of protected concerted activities are:

Two or more employees addressing their employer about improving their pay.
Two or more employees discussing work-related issues beyond pay, such as safety concerns, with each other.
An employee speaking to an employer on behalf of one or more co-workers about improving workplace conditions.
labor  law  via:nicolecliffe 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
LARPing your job
The problem, then, is that “knowledge work” rarely fits the standard, 40-hour-a-week capitalist paradigm. In “traditional” jobs, 40 hours means 40 hours of service (childcare, elder care, waiting tables, cleaning streets, making deliveries) or 40 hours of production (stamping metal, performing quality control, flipping boards, framing houses). If you want to produce 1000 widgets, you can figure out how many hours it takes to produce each widget, and how many employees you need to pay to put in those hours.

This falls apart with knowledge work. How many hours does it take to write a sermon, to figure out a legal strategy, to edit a book or write a piece of music? There’s the visible labor (the amount of time you sit at the desk, typing words that actually end up in your piece) and the invisible labor (the amount of time you spend thinking about it, the amount of paragraphs that get erased, the number of interviews you do that never make their way into the final piece). Lawyers have figured out a way to charge for the invisible labor by turning it into “billable hours,” incrementalized into 15 minute chunks. Some freelancers (for PR, graphic design, web design and other jobs that bill by the hour) do the same.
work  labor  workculture  worklifebalance 
may 2019 by dirtystylus
Hope Rehak on Twitter: "Just here to remind you that it’s possible to have a good work ethic and believe in the value of a job while also being enraged every day that you have to earn an hourly wage to survive when the oligarchs make money on top of the
Just here to remind you that it’s possible to have a good work ethic and believe in the value of a job while also being enraged every day that you have to earn an hourly wage to survive when the oligarchs make money on top of their money without doing any labor and live in luxury
labor  inequality 
september 2018 by dirtystylus
A West Virginia teacher on going back to school, and what she still faces.
It’s daily. There is not a day that I don’t enter my classroom and at some point during the day look around and think what I’d use to defend myself.
labor  westvirginia  teaching  guncontrol  guns  violence 
march 2018 by dirtystylus
Specific Suggestion | Harper's Magazine
I find myself thinking about Garret Keizer’s “Specific Suggestion” a lot this year, but especially today, no reason
via:beep  labor  unitedstates  generalstrike  protest 
december 2017 by dirtystylus
Vicente Rafael - Some notes on the late Alex Tizon's piece... | Facebook
Some notes on the late Alex Tizon's piece in The Atlantic about Eudocia Tomas Pulido, or "Lola" as she was known by the family, and the controversy it has stirred:
It helps to get some historical perspective on the debate. For starters, "slavery" is not the same everywhere at all times. A lot of the comments tend to conflate Alex Tizon's family with white slave masters, Lola with black slaves, and their household with the antebellum slave plantation. Once you've made these alignments, it's easy to condemn Alex as insufficiently repentant, and the narrative as obscene and self-serving.
But that's not the case. Servants may be enslaved but are not slaves in the way it meant prior to the Civil War in the US. And while there is a history of slavery in the Philippines, it was flexible and contingent, whereby the slave was never merely chattel, but could become part of the family, albeit a lowly and exploited member. Power relations between masters and slaves were mediated not just by the imperatives of the market place and by ideologies of race. In Alex's narrative (and in everyday experience of Filipinos who grew up with servants), they are also materialized in affective ties of pity (awa), reciprocal indebtedness (utang na loob), shame (hiya) that hold together as much as they pull apart the master to and from the servant. (Thus the kinship term, "Lola", grandmother, used to refer to Eudocia. Not a "slave name" as others have said, but a term of endearment even as she was often humiliated and abused).
These affective ties in turn provide the servant a kind of moral leverage that she can use to hold the master accountable or account for her own status and acquiescence. And Catholicism, which has its own discourse about the universal enslavement of humans to God, provides a kind of ideological referent for reproducing and sustaining relations of inequality--but also calling those on top to account for their treatment of those below.
It is this moral economy that pervades Alex's account and sometimes can come across as condescending, or politically naive. But it also opens up spaces for Lola to act and speak, however attenuated and elliptical. While her story may not be as fully fleshed out as, for example Americans may be used to reading in slave narratives--hers' is not the narrative of Mary Prince or Harriet Jacobs, after all--she is not entirely silent. Indeed, she speaks throughout the narrative not only through the author's voice but beyond and around it, even exceeding it.
Here, then, is part of what is so compelling, at least for me, about this story: that despite the history of her oppressive domestication, Lola remains, in the end, undomesticated. There is always something about her that is held back in reserve, unavailable for exploitation much less comprehension on the author's part (and the readers', too). He probes into her past, for example, and she retreats, her reticence a kind of resistance to his aggressive curiosity. She is not merely disempowered, but radiates a certain power that makes the family dependent upon her. Her labor is exploited, but not exhausted. She remains singular, even in death. Especially in death, as the author is taken aback by the grief that her return elicits among her relatives. That collective grief exposes his own limits, the lie underneath his philanthropy, the impossibility of reparation. His guilt, if that's how you want to think about it, does little to shore up his authority as the author of this text, or as the benevolent master who did right by his slave.
eudociatomaspulido  alextizon  slavery  philippines  labor  katulong 
may 2017 by dirtystylus
Money and fair compensation
One theme of #xoxofest this year has been money, and fair compensation. Both @gabydunn and @lubellwoo talked about it. I have a thought.
compensation  podcast  labor  capitalism  latecapitalism  comics 
september 2016 by dirtystylus

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