Here’s a comment from a reader about that article about temporary employment from NY timeshttp://nyti.ms/1pYw4Tf
Perhaps I am dedicating more of my time to this because it has happened to me or that its happening everywhere and it seems that more and more these days we are becoming more desperate. I need not to find more evidence of this both locally and globally but that I can feel it in the air, more of us are just keeping our heads above water. Here’s a comment from that same article that describes my (and some others) employment situation with Unitec. After ending my tenured teaching position last year I was offered a “independent contractor” contract to come back and do the same job with less security, you know the story luckily my stomach couldn’t take it.
California 4 days ago
The trend towards increased use of temps predates the big recession, and much of the motivation is to avoid paying benefits. The tech industry is among the worst. The other charade for cutting benefits is to hire people as “independent contractors.”
This is also a great comment in regards to the article above, I’ve been thinking about the same points myself but it is articulated much better here. Not enough real jobs so we find more management roles are created, worse still thats where all alot of the money goes…
Arizona 4 days ago
There’s the temporary job vs the temp. As a carpenter of 40 years experience, I always knew that I’d need to find another job when this project finished. In fact it was commonly said, “If I can’t stand this boss, I’ll just go down the road.” This was dependent on a building boom that no longer exists.
In contrast to the skilled worker (with tools and experience) is the temp. She/he is looked on as an occasionally needed cog in a process style venture. In other words, the worker adds little value to say stocking shelves in Amazon’s warehouse as opposed to a plumber who lays out and completes the piping for a home.
In many ways today’s temp worker is merely a stand in for a process the employer has not figured out how to automate. It’s very hard for a worker to have any loyalty to such a company and bluntly near impossible to have pride in one’s work.
At the core of this problem is the refusal by all involved: academics, BLS, companies, government to recognize that there are NOT enough REAL jobs to go around or at least real as they were defined in a pre-robotic/digitized world. Most won’t remember that a generation ago there were a number of people employed as telephone operators and it was a reasonably nice job. There are still a few around, but what did all of those ex-operators do when auto-answer and voice navigation systems came on line?
We are at a critical divide in the nature of work, but no one is paying attention. If there aren’t jobs there aren’t consumers.