The Role of Full Employment in achieving Good Work: “Our experience with periods of labor shortage indicates that its first effect is greatly to increase the bargaining power of labor, both individually and collectively. This results in steady improvement of wages and working conditions, which means that employers must seek to make employment attractive, since the workers are no longer motivated by the fear of losing their jobs. A shift of workers from the less pleasant and remunerative occupations occur, so that standards are raised at the lower levels. The status of labor will improve, since employers can no longer rely upon the discipline of discharge to enforce authority. The tendency will be for labor to have some participation in industrial and economic policy.” Eulau, Ezekiel, Hansen, Loeb, Jr. “The road to freedom: Full employment,” New Republic, Special Section, 9/24/1945, p. 395

A Philosopher Looks at Work in Our Modern World, KLG, Naked Capitalism 1/24

“…until we cure the world of the economists’s obsession with productivity that maximises material input in proportion to labour cost we will not solve three problems…[sustainability, meaningful work, public services].  Do we trash the planet or have things we value, like the NHS? That is the question Murphy, Tax Research UK 4/23

On the Clock and Tracked to the Minute, Kantor & Sundaram, NYT 8/15/22

The Great Escape The most vulnerable people in America have started the closest thing we’ve seen in a century to a general strike. Dayen, TAP 11/21

Do These Viral Stories About Shitty Bosses Signal an Anti-Work Revolution?, Ehrlich, Rolling Stone 10/21

America Runs on ‘Dirty Work’, Press, NYT 8/21

The Generation Shaped By Layoffs, Chang, Medium 6/20

Bosses in the US Have Far Too Much Power to Lay Off Workers Whenever They Feel Like It, Sheehan, Jacobin, 6/20

False Freedom: Sharing the Scraps from the Perilous Gig Economy, Greenhouse, Lithub 8/19

Willing to pay for security: Gig workers, freelancers, and the self-employed want steady jobs, Datta, Vox, 7/19

A Cross-Atlantic Plan to Break Capital’s Control, Gowan & Lawrence, Jacobin 6/19

Dying on the job: How workers get hurt when businesses keep deadly secrets, Gerard, Alternet 4/19

How Your Employer Uses Perks Like Wellness Programs, Phones and Free Food to Control Your Life, Tippett, the Conversation, 4/19

The Bogus Justification for Worker Non-Compete Clauses, Vaheesan, On Labor 4/19

Where’s the Gig Economy? Workers more apt to have standard work arrangements in 2017 than in 2005. 

Americans Are Willing to Forgo a 56% Pay Raise for Best Job Perks,” Yadoo, Boomberg, 10/18, based on an NBER study

Low pay, poor prospects, and psychological toll: The perils of microtask work: UN questions whether this work has any benefits for society, Geuss, Arstechnica 9/18

Accidents at Amazon: workers left to suffer after warehouse injuries, Amazon workers … treated in ways that leave them homeless, unable to work or bereft of income after workplace accidents, Sainato, Guardian 7/18

CEOs vs. Workers, Day, Jacobin 7/18

Where’s the “Gig Economy?” Moody, Jacobin 6/18

How many gig workers are there? Gig Economy Data Hub

Contingent and Alternative Employment Arrangements —MAY 2017, BLS 6/18

If the economy is so great, why are 78 million hustling for dimes? Nutting, Marketwatch 6/18

Big Brother at Work: Employee Monitoring in the Analytics Age, O’Connor, Who.What.Why, 5/18

Crafting a life–White-collar workers are fleeing their desks to become brewers, bakers and pickle-makers. Ryan Avent reckons the artisanal boom points to the modern economy’s failings, and maybe its future as well, 5/18

Employers are monitoring computers, toilet breaks – even emotions., Saner, Guardian 5/18

Political precariat, Telek, Open Democracy 5/18

Is Your Job Lynchian, or Is It More Kafkaesque?, King, Longreads, 4/18

The Emerging Plan to Save the American Labor Movement, Matthews, Portside, 4/18

Why We Have to Go Back to a 40-Hour Work Week to Keep Our Sanity: One hundred fifty years of research proves that shorter work hours actually raise productivity and profits — and overtime destroys them. So why do we still do this? Robinson, AlterNet 4/18

“The notion of pensions — and the idea that companies should set aside money for retirees — didn’t last long. They really caught on in the mid-20th century, but today, except among government employers, the traditional pension seems destined to be an artifact of U.S. labor history.” ‘I hope I can quit working in a few years’: A preview of the U.S. without pensions, 2/17

Where Bad Jobs Are Better: Retail Jobs Across Countries and Companies, Carré & Tilly, Russell Sage, 11/17

Digitalization and the American workforceMuro, Liu, Whiton, & Kulkarni, Brookings 11/

Meet The Camperforce, Amazon’s Nomadic Retiree Army, Bruder, Wired, 9/17

Condition of the workplace in the United States, Ruccio, Real-World Economics, 8/17 Rand report cited

To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now, Irwin, NYT 9/17

Global Dialogue on the Future of Work We Want–Decent Jobs for All, ILO 4/17

Busting the Myths of a Workerless Future, Moody, Labor Notes, 7/16

‘Middle class’ used to denote comfort and security. Not anymore Quart, Guardian 7/16

There are few shortages of skilled workers in America.

The Civil War Didn’t End Slavery After All: The American prison system is a massive—if invisible—part of our economy and social fabric. Karaffa, IPS 6/16

Flexibility in the On-Demand Economy, Smith NELP 6/16

The Gig Economy Is Growing, and It Is Terrifying, Gawker, 3/16

“…all of the net employment growth in the U.S. economy from 2005 to 2015 appears to have occurred in alternative work arrangements.” Katz & Krueger, The Rise and Nature of Alternative Work Arrangements in the United States, 1995-2015, 3/16

Uber business model does not justify a new ‘independent worker’” category,  Eisenbrey & Mishel, EPI 3/16

The Precarious Workplace, by David Bensman, Uncommon Sense #30, 2/16]

Decent Work Agenda ILO 1/16

Logged In The new economy makes it harder than ever to untangle capitalism from our daily lives. Huws, 1/16

World Employment Social Outlook, Trends 2016” ILO

“Security for a Precarious Workforce” Am. Prospect, Bensman 12/15

Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century, Case & Deaton, 9/15

Rights On Demand: Ensuring Workplace Standards and Worker Security in the On-Demand Economy, NELP 9/15

What Is Good Work? Parker, Interaction Instit. 10/12

Good Work Code [one possible list of characteristics of good work]

What Is Good Work Guidance? Meaningful Work

What is Good Work? Achieving Good Work in Turbulent Times, H. Gardner, The Tanner Lectures on Human Values

“The idea that the poor should have leisure has always been shocking to the rich. In England, in the early nineteenth century, fifteen hours was the ordinary day’s work for a man; children sometimes did as much, and very commonly did twelve hours a day. When meddlesome busybodies suggested that perhaps these hours were rather long, they were told that work kept adults from drink and children from mischief.” Russell proposed a 4-hour day.

The Future of Work, Ghosh, Frontline

from TO BE OF USE, Marge Piercy

The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.

“In truth, the average American not only wants to work, but strives to do a good job. People don’t want 20 hours a week; they want a real job—a full-time, 40-hour a week job. And it’s more than just the money. They want a destination, a place to go when they get up in the morning, something productive to give their lives structure. Such a pity that even so modest a goal as having a full-time job is now considered a “luxury.” David Macaray, LA playwright and author and former union rep.

“I think one of the big wishes of the human kind is to transform things, to work on things to construct, to destroy, to sometimes construct again. And not only to look at the world, let’s say, passively. I think that’s the aim of humankind, being a man, a woman, is to change things.” Luc Dardenne, filmmaker

“There is no worse material poverty than that of not being able to earn one’s daily bread.” Unemployment is not inevitable; it is, rather, “the result of a prior social option and an economic system that values profits more than people…..Ours is a culture of waste. This happens when the god of money is at the center of an economic system, and not the human person…..There are economic systems that have to make war to survive. ….We have to [change the world] with courage, but also with intelligence; with tenacity, but without fanaticism; with passion, but without violence; and all together, confronting conflicts, without being ensnared in them–striving to resolve tensions to reach a higher level of unity, peace, and justice.” Pope Francis

When our nation was bankrupt in the thirties we created an agency to provide jobs to all at their existing level of skill. In our overwhelming affluence today what excuse is there for not setting up a national agency for full employment immediately? The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. , The Role of the Behavioral Scientist in the Civil Rights Movement, September 1967, APA Annual Convention, September 1967  Invited Distinguished Address

“While unemployment is an ordeal for anyone, it still appears to be more traumatic for men. Men without jobs are more likely to commit crimes and go to prison. They are less likely to wed, more likely to divorce, and more likely to father a child out of wedlock. Ironically, unemployed men tend to do even less housework than men with jobs and often retreat from family life….” “The Slow Disappearance of the American Working Man,” Mike Dorning, Bloomberg Business