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The rise of robot scheduling is a nightmare for low-wage workers - Quartz
The Times story points at a larger truth: Advances in management and workplace technology all have essentially one goal, to get more out of employees at lower cost. And in the quest for efficiency, companies often forget they’re dealing with people. + Kantor offers as an example the heartbreaking chronicle of a woman named Janette Navarro, and her efforts to raise her young son while working at Starbucks under this scheduling system. She often found out about her work hours with only a few days notice, requiring panicked adjustments to take care of her son and the family’s finances. She was sometimes asked to “clopen” her store (work till closing at 11pm and return at 4am to open it). The job required constant scrambling and caused tension with family members she frequently needed to beg for help to keep an eye on her son. ... She wasn’t alone.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Nick Hanauer: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming - YouTube
- history has it that the thriving middle class made USA. period. // --- and the future of work - needs investment! as capitalism, a flat world and software eats the world - eats up jobs (robots, automation, off shoring, outsourcing, outside advisory and contractors only (for everything that is not key) etc). >> thus education has got to change to be for the 21st century || + Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power --- http://youtu.be/Cd0JH1AreDw #civic #PowerPlay #AbuseofPower #illiteracyaboutpower #willfulignorance >> #participation #calltoaction #sharewhatyoudo +!+!+ http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/the-pitchforks-are-coming-for-us-plutocrats-108014.html +!+!+ http://billmoyers.com/2014/09/11/a-wealthy-capitalist-on-why-money-doesnt-trickle-down/
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
oftwominds-Charles Hugh Smith: The Changing Nature of Middle Class Work
The economy is changing in structural ways that affect not just the job market but the nature of work itself. If we ask, what is work?, the conventional answer is tasks that somebody will pay us to do. This is true, but it doesn't address why someone is willing to pay us. The answer is to create value. ... [ Skills, not Expertise. ] ...... As technology's ability to replace costly human labor moves from the factory floor to the service sector, the nature of middle class work is changing. [ IBM's company wide Pivot over +10 years from HW to Services and Software Company. With the accompanying downsizing. ] ... Jobs that can be learned in a few hours are prone to being replaced by machines. [...] The protected sectors beset by soaring costs (healthcare, higher education, major weaponry programs, finance, etc.) will undergo the creative destruction of technology-based productivity gains for the reason that they are already unaffordable, not just to households but to the nation.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a

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