Tag: Labor

Working Less Is a Labor Issue, Too

Sometimes he says, “If you work 40 hours a week, you should not be living in poverty,” and sometimes it’s, “People who work 40 hours a week should not be living in poverty,” but Bernie Sanders’s basic point is always the same: A full-time job should be enough to afford a person a decent standard of living in the wealthiest country on earth. Read original

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Fast Fashion at the End of the World

I cannot talk about fashion without talking about the end of the world. For a long time I argued that fashion was political; now I argue that fashion is apocalyptic. Today, the industry that produces clothing has, in terms of economic and environmental inequity, more in common with the meatpacking industry than it does with any other cultural product.

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Sweetgreen’s Soft Rebrand of the GoFundMe Crisis Model

Sweetgreen, as you may already know, sells expensive salads. Its schtick is fairly simple: Take lettuce and kale, put it in a bowl with some other stuff—maybe chicken, maybe tofu, maybe cranberries—and then charge $15. The company also brands itself as a more ethical consumption choice than its salad competitors with nonminimalist aesthetics. For Sweetgreen, this combination has led to the company being valued at $1.

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Life Under the Algorithm

Henry Noll was one of the most famous workers in American history, though not by his own choice and not under his own name. Employed at Bethlehem Steel for $1.15 a day, and known among workmates for his physical vigor and thriftiness, Noll was—as the somewhat embellished story goes—selected by an ambitious young management consultant named Frederick Winslow Taylor for an experiment in 1899.

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Why Leftists Hate Harris’s School Day Plan

On Wednesday, Senator Kamala Harris released a plan. The goal was to offer a tentative step towards a solution for one of the most vexing problems facing working parents: The hours-long gap between school letting out and the end of the work day.

The Last Stand in Lordstown

Chuckie Denison has retired from General Motors, and the auto plant where he worked, in Lordstown, Ohio, has been shuttered since early March. But lately he’s been showing up there nearly every night, reporting for duty: manning the picket line that has run around the clock for the past 38 days, ever since 50,000 GM workers across the country Read original

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Trump Turns Back the Clock in America’s Meat Plants

It was more than a century ago that Upton Sinclair went undercover in Chicago’s stockyards, resulting in his reported novel The Jungle. A blood-splattered portrait of the American meatpacking industry, it documented the misery and filth of the city’s slaughterhouses, where miserable workers churned out cuts of rotten meat in treacherous, rat-infested conditions.

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