Important article. Thank you, Mr. Reich.
To add to the tumult of the Temp Market are these new “flex” schedules.
“But these laws haven’t kept up with software that enables employers to do just-in-time scheduling – and inform workers minutes before their shift that they’re not needed.”
Let’s not attribute this to the software. The same mentality that drove NAFTA and is driving the TPP and TIPP. All are well-planned efforts directed at GUTTING the middle class and turning this planet back to the era of nobles and serfs (or slaves). It will resemble a wastelands…
If the 1% and their corporate oligarchs did not own the ENTIRE media, political process, "law"makers, too much of academe, and the ways and means to both shape AND control public actions and opinions, this type of ASYMMETRIC WARFARE aimed at the working class COULD not occur.
It’s beyond insidious!
I know two low income people who used an on-line tax return service filing claims in late January and early February who are yet to see a dime. Neither is able to cover basic rent and they’ve awaited this income tax return money to tide them over.
Add in the taxes and fees on everything, the insidious way that things like parking tickets and vehicular penalties are being used to force jail time (which in turn rings up fees), and it’s clear that the 1%-- now secure in their ownership of all the metrics of power–are turning the screws on everything and everyone else.
My idiot state governor is pushing for fracking! Florida has very fragile ecological structures and fracking will increase sink holes and likely pollute the precious network of springs this state is blessed with.
Every day shows more and more evil, ignorance, law breaking, and promoting of sickening things like the spread of war and misery… I heard it said that anti-depressants are now the 3rd most widely sold drug in the world. That’s Disaster Capitalism’s direct impact on human psychology; or as a dear friend of mine put it: “How do you live with what you know?”
The misery index IS overwhelming. THAT is why people shut down or shut out the truth… it’s too much to handle and so much feels out of their hands with injustice, graft, corruption, sadism, immorality, and sheer EVIL positioned to run roughshod over so much… inclusive of every sacred thing.