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Project Tugboat: help with sailing back to employment
Project Tugboat is a company building products and services that help people better navigate the daunting journey back to work.

The world of work is changing and it doesn't always feel like it's for the better. Unexpected unemployment, underemployment, and career transitions are realities faced by nearly all professionals in the 21st century. These moments can leave us feeling at sea — unprepared for both the tactical and psychological aspects of the journey ahead. Project Tugboat is here to help guide you back to safer shores.

If you recently lost your job, are struggling to find your next gig, or are helping a friend or loved one navigate similar experiences — you've come to the right place.
work  employment  career  jobs 
9 hours ago by cyberchucktx
Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not. - The New York Times
But rather than hold itself accountable, America reverses roles by blaming the poor for their own miseries.

Here is the blueprint. First, valorize work as the ticket out of poverty, and debase caregiving as not work. Look at a single mother without a formal job, and say she is not working; spot one working part time and demand she work more. Transform love into laziness. Next, force the poor to log more hours in a labor market that treats them as expendables. Rest assured that you can pay them little and deny them sick time and health insurance because the American taxpayer will step in, subsidizing programs like the earned-income tax credit and food stamps on which your work force will rely. Watch welfare spending increase while the poverty rate stagnates because, well, you are hoarding profits. When that happens, skirt responsibility by blaming the safety net itself. From there, politicians will invent new ways of denying families relief, like slapping unrealistic work requirements on aid for the poor.

As I watched this young man identify with Smith’s character, it dawned on me that what his parents, preachers, teachers, coaches and guidance counselors had told him for motivation — “Study hard, stick to it, dream big and you will be successful” — had been internalized as a theory of life.


We need a new language for talking about poverty. “Nobody who works should be poor,” we say. That’s not good enough. Nobody in America should be poor, period. No single mother struggling to raise children on her own; no formerly incarcerated man who has served his time; no young heroin user struggling with addiction and pain; no retired bus driver whose pension was squandered; nobody. And if we respect hard work, then we should reward it, instead of deploying this value to shame the poor and justify our unconscionable and growing inequality. “I’ve worked hard to get where I am,” you might say. Well, sure. But Vanessa has worked hard to get where she is, too.
USA  economy  poverty  jobs  pay  wages  employment  outsourcing  zeroHours  insecurity  precarity  socialMobility  workEthic  welfare  workfare  TrumpDonald  blame 
5 days ago by petej
The Rise of the Robot Reserve Army: Automation and the Future of Economic Development, Work, and Wages in Developing Countries - Working Paper 487 | Center For Global Development
Emerging economies face a contemporary challenge to traditional pathways to employment generation: automation, digitalization, and labor-saving technologies. 1.8 billion jobs—or two-thirds of the current labor force of developing countries—are estimated to be susceptible to automation from today’s technological standpoint.
employment  automation  developingcountries 
5 days ago by zesteur
Labour is finally back in the real world – and taking on the gig economy | Gaby Hinsliff | Opinion | The Guardian
After a summer going round in circles over antisemitism, John McDonnell is dragging the party back to radical thinking, says Guardian columnist Gaby Hinsliff
labour  politics  employment 
7 days ago by tonys

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