The New York Times has published a review of work and workers in the Trump era. A link to the stories is here.
Popular ideas about the working class are woefully out of date. Here are nine people who tell a truer story of what the American work force does today — and will do tomorrow. Popular ideas about the working class are woefully out of date. Here are nine people who tell a truer story of what the American work force does today — and will do tomorrow.
New York Times columnist Dave Barry details the life, anguish and pride of unionized hotel workers in Las Vegas in a piece in the Sunday, Nov. 5, 2016 Times. A link is here.
LaborArts.org invites stories and poems from CUNY students who wish to write about the variety of issues facing working people or the labor movement.
Click here for a link to the “Making Work Visible” annual contest and past winners or go to http://www.laborarts.org/exhibits/contest2015/#2015contest
The deadline is March 1, 2016.
Please check this link to http://9to5.org to see the stories of individuals whose stories make clear why that organization is working for policies to narrow the wage gap experienced by women and people of color. The organization actually is promoting a call-in program this weekend to allow others to submit stories. See: http://9to5.org/action/faces-of-the-wage-gap-blog/
April 15, 2015
by Lisa Calcasola
By the time the Fight for 15 protests stopped in Times Square in Manhattan on , it was dark. People who had been preparing for the event weeks ahead of time dropped their signs on the side of the road to be recycled and went their separate ways.
Even with most of the protestors gone, the space still felt electric with its energy. I talked with Chantelle and Monica; Monica had a camera around her neck. I asked if she was interested in film, and she told me she was in film school now, studying to be a director. Film is one of the most accessible forms of media there is, and can reach a multifaceted audience, she said.
“I’m really interested in documentaries,” Monica said. “Film can shed light on lots of social issues and get the word out, teach people about what’s going on.”
When asked what she thought today’s biggest message was about, Chantelle feistily replied, “It’s all about not letting corporations steal from the people.”
“Corporations make billions of dollars and what’re they doing with it? They’re keeping it for themselves and stealing from the people. Today is all about making sure we don’t let them win. We won’t go down without a fight.” Continue reading
Michael Hiltzik of The Los Angeles Times writes about a new first-person account of the descent into poverty. Click here for the column.
One little-recognized reality of poverty in America is how closely it lurks beneath the surface of even a successful professional life. A bad career turn, a couple of financial missteps, and — here comes the dizzying plunge from middle class to underclass.
That’s the lesson of a remarkable first-person account in the latest issue of the Hedgehog Review, published by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture of the University of Virginia. Entitled “Falling,” its author is William McPherson, 81, a published novelist, former editor of the Washington Post Book World and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, in 1977.
A link to McPherson’s account is here.