Thursday, April 21, 2016

COLLEGE STUDENTS: Check out your future.

  Access to a reasonable level of security through basic wages and opportunities for advancement, benefits, and labor protections is being chipped away. Corporate profits may have skyrocketed in recent years, but wages have hardly budged. 


Between 1973 - 2014, national productivity grew at a rate of 7.8 times that of employee compensation. 


At the same time, benefits have been slashed. 


Take pensions, for example: a mainstay fixture in yesteryear America, pensions, which guaranteed employers would provide for employees in retirement, comprised 62 percent of retirement plans in 1979 but were a mere seven 7 percent in 2011. 


401(k)s were used to shift the responsibility of saving for retirement from employers to employees, and the result has been disastrous.



The median working-age family now holds a mere $5,000 in its retirement accounts.




Grimmer still are the prospects of part-time, contract, and temporary workers to whom no benefits are offered, who have no picket line. 

These workers often independently shoulder the burden of protecting themselves from misfortune, financing their own health insurance and retirement with no paid medical leave, no workers’ compensation, and no unemployment benefits

Meanwhile, several recent local and state initiatives to boost earnings for low-wage workers have been tied to the employee-employer relationship, excluding those with less traditional (though increasingly common) work arrangements. Consequently, such initiatives were antiquated at inception. This has long been a method by which corporations shirk responsibility for the well-being of their workers—that is, never technically employing them in the first place.

Clipped from New America Foundation at https://www.newamerica.org/weekly/can-you-hear-them-now/

Saturday, April 9, 2016

GREAT JOB. SEE THE WORLD. GET KILLED.

JOB POSTING

CONFLICT ZONE 
CORRESPONDENT

The Washington Post is planning to add a correspondent to the foreign staff  to help us cover the conflicts in the Middle East and beyond that are upending lives, redrawing borders and otherwise reshaping the world. 

This is the opportunity to tell some of the most important stories of our times, and to address issues central to U.S. security. The mission would likely include helping to cover the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, but it could well extend to other trouble spots, including parts of Africa. We are seeking versatile, highly accomplished candidates whose work demonstrates an ability to take on just about any journalistic challenge and pull it off – as a parachute artist who can plunge confidently into new terrain; as a digger and source-builder able to illuminate hard targets; as a reporter who can elevate daily coverage of big running stories; as a writer with the gifts to make people and places come alive.
Any candidate should bring experience in covering conflicts, and the strongest will have experience in the Middle East or Afghanistan. Arabic-language skills are not required but would be a plus. At a time when the United States is 15 years into its ‘Long War’ against Islamist extremism, the new correspondent would be based in a location that allows good proximity to the most important of those conflicts, joining a distinguished team that includes Post correspondents already  based in Beirut, Baghdad, Jerusalem, Cairo, Islamabad/Kabul and Nairobi. 
Keeping our correspondents safe is vitally important to us, and applicants should expect to work closely with us to mitigate the risks inherent in covering conflict. 
Interested candidates should contact Douglas Jehl (douglas.jehl@washpost.com), Mary Beth Sheridan (mary.sheridan@washpost.com) or Tracy Grant (tracy.grant@washpost.com) by April 22.