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10 Impressive Questions to Ask in a Job Interview
1. “How will you measure the success of the person in this position?”
2. “What are some of the challenges you expect the person in this position to face?”
3. “Can you describe a typical day or week in the job?”
4. How long did the previous person in the role hold the position? What has turnover in the role generally been like?
5. “What are you hoping this person will accomplish in their first six months and in their first year?”
6. “Thinking back to people you’ve seen do this work previously, what differentiated the ones who were good from the ones who were really great at it?”
7. “How would you describe the culture here? What type of people tend to really thrive here, and what type don’t do as well?”
8. “What do you like about working here?”
9. Ask the question you really care about.
10. “What’s your timeline for next steps?”
5 weeks ago by campylobacter
Companies are on the hook if their hiring algorithms are biased — Quartz
After an audit of the algorithm, the resume screening company found that the algorithm found two factors to be most indicative of job performance: their name was Jared, and whether they played high school lacrosse. Girouard’s client did not use the tool.

In 2016, Pinboard creator Maciej Cegłowski called machine learning “money laundering for bias.”

“It’s a clean, mathematical apparatus that gives the status quo the aura of logical inevitability. The numbers don’t lie,” Cegłowski said.
workersrights  maleprivilege  whiteprivilege  PROGRAMMING 
8 weeks ago by campylobacter
The Myth of the Ethical Shopper
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport calls Li & Fung’s operations “ephemeral.” It has 15,000 supplier factories in 40 countries, but doesn’t own or operate any of them. It’s a coordinator, configuring cotton suppliers, textile mills, stitching and sewing houses into a straight line just long enough to deliver one order to one buyer, and then reconfiguring them for the next.

Li & Fung does inspect its suppliers and send reports back to its buyers. But there’s no guarantee that orders will be filled by the same factory twice, and audits are often carried out after the order has already been placed. And so clothing companies have no ability or incentive to fix what they find.

Jeroen Merk, a researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam—and one of the few academics who’s investigating the megasuppliers—says their business model is deliberately organized to keep buyers separated from factories. If brands discover what factories charge, they might work with them directly and keep the margin for themselves. Some companies ordering clothes through megasuppliers, he says, don’t know which factories they were made in—or even which countries.

After the Tazreen fire, NGO campaigns focused on how Wal-Mart was responsible for 60 percent of the clothing being produced there. But Wal-Mart never actually placed an order with Tazreen. In fact, over a year before the fire, Wal-Mart inspected the factory and discovered that it was unsafe. By the time of the fire, it had banned its suppliers from using it.

So here’s how its products ended up at Tazreen anyway: Wal-Mart hired a megasupplier called Success Apparel to fill an order for shorts. Success hired another company, Simco, to carry out the work. Simco—without telling Success, much less Wal-Mart—sub-contracted 7 percent of the order to Tazreen’s parent company, the Tuba Group, which then assigned it to Tazreen. Two other sub- (or sub-sub-sub-) contractors also placed Wal-Mart orders at Tazreen, also without telling the company.

We are not going to shop ourselves into a better world. Advocating for boring stuff like complaint mechanisms and formalized labor contracts is nowhere near as satisfying as buying a pair of Fair Trade sandals or whatever. But that’s how the hard work of development actually gets done: Not by imploring people to buy better, but by giving them no other option.
workersrights  safety  wealthinequality  fashion  economy 
september 2018 by campylobacter
Fuck You Bluebeard You Don’t Know Me
There’s a story Grandpa used to tell by the fire about a Lady who was engaged to be married to a very rich man. He’d had many wives before, it was said, but they’d all vanished. This caused the Lady some concern, but her parents just saw his money and sent her off to be wed, and she being in the sort of predicament she was, resolved to find her own way through it.
folklore  workersrights  wealthinequality 
september 2018 by campylobacter
“Lean In” Messages and the Illusion of Control
People who read or listened to the DIY messages were more likely to believe women have the power to solve the problem. That, on its own, may very well be good news. However, they were also more likely to believe that women are responsible for the problem — both for causing it, and for fixing it.

What’s more, these effects were even associated with people’s policy preferences. For example, in one of our studies, we described a recent problem reported by Facebook, in which managers rejected code written by female engineers more often than they rejected code written by male engineers. This is an ambiguous workplace problem, with possible roots both in women’s own underperformance and in manager bias. After being exposed to the DIY messages, our study participants viewed the female engineers as more responsible for both causing and fixing this problem, and in turn, less likely to think that structural changes at Facebook — such as having managers review code without knowing who wrote it, or training managers on bias — would be worthwhile.
workersrights  sexism  victimBlaming 
august 2018 by campylobacter
Report Finds Surprisingly High Rate of Slavery in Developed Countries
In the United States, more than 400,000 people, or one in 800, are living in modern slavery, the report said. The United States is also the largest importer of what the report called “at-risk” products, or those at least partly manufactured by workers engaged in forced labor.

These products, estimated to be worth at least $354 billion, include mobile phones, computers, clothing and food like fish and cocoa, the report said. The United States imports more than 40% of the total.
slavery  northkorea  usa  economy  poverty  humanRights  humantrafficking  workersrights 
july 2018 by campylobacter
ArenaNet firings cast a chilling shadow across the game industry
Female developers across the industry have also subsequently reported sometimes coordinated attempts to get them fired on the basis of their social media presence — attempts they believe were inspired by the ArenaNet firings. One developer, who asked to remain anonymous because of potential backlash from online mobs, learned that her employer received form letters touching on her social media presence. Rather than specifying her name, some of these letters had been botched and simply said “%FEMALENAME.” Speaking to The Verge, she says these messages began arriving on Sunday night after word of the ArenaNet firings had spread. “This is 100 percent a response to the ArenaNet thing,” she says. “There’s no doubt whatsoever in my mind.”

She says the company’s public dismissal of two employees over a social media spat — framed by O’Brien as an attack on the company’s fans generally — has emboldened bad actors involved in movements like Gamergate, which target women and marginalized people in particular. “If you’re a woman, you’re just waiting for the wrong tweet to end your life now,” she says. “It sent a message to the harassment junkies that have infected our communities for the last four years: ‘Please come for our women.’ I don’t know what could undo this damage without further riling them up.”
workersrights  gamergate  gamingculture  gameDev  sexism  abuse  harassment 
july 2018 by campylobacter
Analysis suggests code from female Facebook engineers gets rejected more often than code from men.
Lower-ranked engineers get rejected more often, and they are disproportionately female. The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook has an “open repository of code-review data” that allowed the engineer to find each code-writer’s gender and the length of her tenure at the company, but not her rank. The analysis Facebook prepared in response included ranking data inaccessible to rank-and-file employees.

Of course, having the few female Facebook engineers (women make up just 17 percent of tech roles at the company) clumped in the lower ranks isn’t something to cheer about, either. Women believed their code wasn’t getting approved as often as the men on their teams, and they were right. They believed men at the company were getting promoted and hired into higher-up positions more often, too, and the employee’s analysis seemed to prove their point.

The Facebook hubbub recalls a 2016 study of GitHub, an online community of developers who share, add to, and improve one another’s open-source code. Researchers analyzed millions of pull requests—suggested changes to an author’s code—and found that code changes proposed by women were accepted more than those proposed by men, but only among women who had gender-neutral profiles with gender-neutral usernames and no photos of themselves. (The study was not peer-reviewed.) That bias against coders who were visibly women went away when researchers looked at women who contributed code to team members or people who knew them, indicating that familiarity with a specific woman may mitigate any unconscious bias against female coders.
facebook  sexism  workersrights  PROGRAMMING 
july 2018 by campylobacter
resume screener software
I went to our monthly talent acquisition meeting and learned a tiny bit about the resume screener software a lot of companies are using. The purpose was to close the gap on the disproportionate amount black and women “disqualified” applicants. Stay with me.

So turns out, those screeners are biased towards women. Yep. White or black, you will fall below what the system requires a “qualified” candidate to be based on certain words you put on your resume.

Here’s what I found:
Females are more likely to have the words “customer, expertise, responsibility marketing and involve” on their resume. Using all of them? Red flag.

Men tend to use words like “achievement, innovative, familiar/familiarize, idea and structure” on theirs. Additionally, words that don’t carry weight at all are: project, professional, provide and work.
sexism  PROGRAMMING  workersrights 
july 2018 by campylobacter
RT : Statement: Judge Brett Kavanaugh has ruled against , , consumer rights, rights of…
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july 2018 by kohlmannj
Lack of Paid Sick Leave Increases Poverty
Research conducted by Florida Atlantic University and Cleveland State University has, for the first time, quantified the relationship between the lack of paid sick leave and poverty in the United States. The data indicates that, even when controlling for education, race, sex, marital status and employment, working adults without paid sick leave are three times more likely to have incomes below the poverty line.

Findings also show that people with no paid sick leave benefits are more likely to experience food insecurity and require welfare services. Currently, only seven states mandate that employers provide paid sick leave benefits and nearly one-third of all workers in the United States lack these protections.

“Numerous studies have shown the negative effects lack of paid sick leave has on society, but this is the first time a direct correlation has been observed between the absence of these benefits and the incidence of poverty,” said Patricia Stoddard Dare, Ph.D., associate professor of social work at Cleveland State. “This adds to the growing body of evidence that paid sick leave is a key factor in health care affordability and economic security.”

Studies published in two academic, peer-reviewed journals, Social Work in Health Care and the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry , utilized data collected from the 2015 National Health Interview Survey to assess the effect of no paid sick leave on two key indicators of poverty, income and the need to utilize welfare services. On top of being three times more likely to live below the poverty line, working adults between the ages of 18 and 64 were also nearly 1.5 times more likely to receive income support from state and county welfare programs and nearly 1.4 times more likely to receive food stamps.

The authors argue that the main reason for these correlations are the higher cost of medical expenses, lack of preventive care and missed wages incurred by individuals and families who do not have paid sick leave benefits.

“Paid sick leave benefits serve as a structural mechanism for preventing working families from becoming the working poor,” says LeaAnne DeRigne, Ph.D., associate professor of FAU’s Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work. “Given the public investments made in welfare, food stamps and other social services, mandating paid sick leave is a clear policy lever for reducing the need for these services among millions of individuals nationally.”
poverty  workersrights  healthcare 
june 2018 by campylobacter
‘I hope I can quit working in a few years’: A preview of the U.S. without pensions
Even as late as the early 1990s, about 60 percent of full-time workers at medium and large companies had pension coverage, according to the government figures. But today, only about 24 percent of workers at midsize and large companies have pension coverage, according to the data, and that number is expected to continue to fall as older workers exit the workforce.

In place of pensions, companies and investment advisers urge employees to open retirement accounts. The basic idea is workers will manage their own retirement funds, sometimes with a little help from their employers, sometimes not. Once they reach retirement age, those accounts are supposed to supplement whatever Social Security might pay. (Today, Social Security provides only enough for a bare-bones budget, about $14,000 a year on average.)

The trouble with expecting workers to save on their own is that almost half of U.S. families have no such retirement account, according the Federal Reserve’s 2016 Survey of Consumer ­Finances.

Of those who do have retirement accounts, moreover, their savings are far too scant to support a typical retirement. The median account, among workers at the median income level, is about $25,000.
economy  workersrights  wealthinequality 
december 2017 by campylobacter
I think millennials are taking a longer time coming to terms w/ the fact that we’re adults b/c a lot of us can’t afford to live like adults.

A large number of us live with parents or roommates, are underemployed, underpaid, struggling under the weight of student loans, etc.

Our age seems to be incongruent with our lived experience. 30 is the new 18. We’re buying houses, starting families, getting married later.

I was pondering why I only just now feel like an adult in my late 20s and it hit me—

— a LOT of us are JUST starting to do things we thought we’d be doing at, say, 21. Maybe even 25.

Anyway these are just random ponderings.

Another thing—how many of us can’t buy houses b/c we have too many student loans for the degrees that we were encouraged to get?

“They” say millennials are lazy but ignore the fact that we are OVERworked and chewed up and spit out by production oriented companies.
wealthinequality  workersrights  studentDebt  studentLoans  economy  capitalism 
november 2017 by campylobacter
When Unpaid Student Loan Bills Mean You Can No Longer Work
Fall behind on your student loan payments, lose your job.

Few people realize that the loans they take out to pay for their education could eventually derail their careers. But in 19 states, government agencies can seize state-issued professional licenses from residents who default on their educational debts. Another state, South Dakota, suspends driver’s licenses, making it nearly impossible for people to get to work.
studentDebt  studentLoans  wealthinequality  workersrights  judicialSystem 
november 2017 by campylobacter
Guest Post: How Film Schools Lead to Pipelines Full of Weinsteins
Other gender discriminatory behaviors commonly mentioned by students in my study and on the Shit People Say to Women Directors (SPSWD) Tumblr include male peers not taking female classmates’ knowledge, skills, or ideas seriously; male students dominating technology, story ideas, and coveted production roles (especially director and cinematographer); and male students engaging in a type of male heterosexual camaraderie that excludes or sexually objectifies female students. For example, one SPSWD writer recalled that when she was directing a film, the male students assigned to work with her “were dismissive of my decisions. They would often go straight to the talent, to tell them what to do, and often referred to me as ‘Just the Fluffer.’”

Examples of sexism on the part of male instructors include not believing women are knowledgeable or strong enough to use filmmaking equipment; dismissing female-authored or female-centered stories; and engaging in harassing comments or behavior. For instance, a student in my study reported: “One friend told me she and her female partner had trouble convincing a professor to support the script they were writing. He kept telling them that he wasn’t interested in their story and didn’t think anyone else would want to see their film.”

An SPSWD writer shared that her instructor told his students to twist a tripod’s locks “like it was the nipple of a seven-year-old girl.” Female students have also commonly reported that male instructors rarely use women-made films as examples in their production classes and avoid conversations about gender and filmmaking.
workersrights  maleprivilege  hollywood  sexism  film  education  harassment 
november 2017 by campylobacter
First of two claims for at fails in court, leaving tribunal case outstanding;…
workersrights  employment  deliveroo  from twitter_favs
november 2017 by freerange_inc
A Tax on the Gig Economy
The Independent Drivers’ Guild is in talks with elected officials in New York City to introduce a bill that would levy a transaction fee on rides in order to provide benefits, Greenblatt said. Similar legislation is being discussed around the country. Earlier this year, legislators in Washington introduced a bill that would require businesses that hire independent contractors to contribute funds to benefit providers to be used for worker benefits. A similar bill could be voted on this fall in New Jersey. A bill backed by the home cleaning and repair start-up Handy in New York state would have levied similar fees on services, in exchange for keeping workers classified as independent contractors. In May, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia and Washington Representative Suzan DelBene introduced a bill in Congress that would issue grants for pilot programs to experiment with creating new types of portable benefits.

“An economy based on micro-employment requires the accrual of micro-benefits,” wrote Nick Hanauer, a Seattle venture capitalist, and David Rolf, the president of SEIU 775, which represents home-care workers, in a 2015 issue of Democracy Journal. They proposed what they called a Shared Security System, which is essentially a set of mandatory universal benefits that employees accrue via automatic payroll deductions regardless of their employment relationship. Rolf helped craft the bill introduced in Washington State.
taxLaw  workersrights  capitalism  healthcare 
november 2017 by campylobacter

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