Low Benefits, Temporary Jobs — Work Is Getting Worse … But Hope for Labor Rights Is Emerging from a Surprising Place

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A Labor Day interview with Ai-Jen Poo.

Over the last 30 years, Americans have seen the very nature of work change. Working people used to expect to have a stable job with health benefits and a retirement plan, a job they’d keep for most of their lives. Now, though, workers bounce from job to job, employers have slowly clawed back most of the benefits they used to enjoy, manufacturing mostly happens overseas, and more and more jobs are low-wage service positions, without benefits and with high turnover – jobs in which the worker has little protection from an abusive boss.

A lot of Americans are coming face to face this Labor Day with the kinds of conditions domestic workers have always faced.

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Original article written by Sarah Jaffe and posted August 28, 2012 in AlterNet.

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