- Employment, with a living wage
- Food, clothing and leisure
- Farmers' rights to a fair income
- Freedom from unfair competition and monopolies
- Medical care
- Social security
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
While there are many explanations that can help us understand these events, here are some of the connections my students made, drawing from what they learned about social inequality as well as the criminal justice system:
- A sense that there are no consequences for police brutality
- The recent history of mass incarceration and the criminalization of low-income people
- Joblessness, poverty, and limited economic opportunity
- Coverage of violence drowns out legitimate grievances
- Racism hasn’t disappeared
Monday, May 11, 2015
People throughout the US sent a clear message on April 15th that in addition to better wages, people also need better jobs — jobs that provide employees with regular schedules, paid sick leave, dependable hours, benefits and respect.
Several organizations are now stepping forward to act on that message at a national level. On April 29th, the Center for Community Change, Working Families Organization, Jobs With Justice, Center for Popular Democracy, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and dozens of local grassroots partners are coming together to launch Putting Families First: Good Jobs for All. It’s a major economic initiative to reinvest in low-income communities of color and bring jobs — good jobs — to everyone.
Friday, May 8, 2015
Robert Reich describes the pitfalls of just-in-scheduling in this way:
These days it’s not unusual for someone on the way to work to receive a text message from her employer saying she’s not needed right then.
Although she’s already found someone to pick up her kid from school and arranged for childcare, the work is no longer available and she won’t be paid for it.
Just-in-time scheduling like this is the latest new thing, designed to make retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, and other customer-driven businesses more nimble and keep costs to a minimum.
Software can now predict up-to-the-minute staffing needs on the basis of information such as traffic patterns, weather, and sales merely hours or possibly minutes before.
This way, employers don’t need to pay anyone to be at work unless they’re really needed. Companies can avoid paying wages to workers who’d otherwise just sit around.
Employers assign workers tentative shifts, and then notify them a half-hour or 10 minutes before the shift is scheduled to begin whether they’re actually needed. Some even require workers to check in by phone, email, or text shortly before the shift starts.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
- A bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement for an entry-level position. (Professional schools like public health and social work may require a master's degree in the field).
- Can advance into higher administrative positions (director roles require a master's degree).
- Positions are available in institutions of all sizes (from community colleges to universities) and types (professional schools, public colleges, private colleges, etc.)
- May enjoy reduced work hours during non-peak recruitment season (summer months).
- Opportunities for professional development are available (both on-campus and conferences).
- Some employers require previous experience in admissions.
- Mobility (across schools) is a key factor, though not required, for advancement.
- Low salaries lead to high turnover (The average admissions counselors stays in their position for three years.)
- May require extensive travel (overnight, regional, and cross-country).
- High volume of work requires multi-tasking and flexibility.
- May require long hours of work during peak recruitment season (evenings and weekends).
- Budgetary cutbacks may stagnate funds for hiring and retention of these positions.
- Racial and ethnic minorities are underrepresented in key segments of admissions.
Hiring in Admissions (August 7, 2009) - Inside Higher Ed
Secret Lives of Admissions Officers (December 8, 2009) - The Daily Beast
Confessions of a College Admissions Officer (February 20, 2009) - BuzzFeed
Getting Into the Admission Office (April 8, 2013) -Inside Higher Ed
Career Paths for Admissions Officers, A Survey Report (July 2014) - National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Detroit is the largest city ever to seek bankruptcy protection, so its bankruptcy is seen as a potential model for other American cities now teetering on the edge..
But Detroit is really a model for how wealthier and whiter Americans escape the costs of public goods they’d otherwise share with poorer and darker Americans.
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