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Video: Paraíso

Three immigrant window cleaners risk their lives every day rappelling down some of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers. With spectacular cinematography, Paraíso reveals the beauty and danger of their job and what they see on the way down.

September 22, 2019 · 2 Comments

Majid Naficy: Painters

They have erected scaffolds by the bay And are painting the high towers of power lines. The seagulls circle over their heads Sobbing for their lost lookouts. I count. There … Continue reading

January 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

David Graeber: On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs — A Work Rant

In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century’s end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a … Continue reading

July 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fred Shaw: The Toolbox

I search for the red-handled Phillips-head among the clutter of Dad’s Air Force toolbox; the obsolete, English-sized wrenches, the vise-grips and channel locks looking to grasp smooth shouldered bolts with … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: To Prison for Poverty

To Prison for Poverty documents the system that enables private probation companies, such as Judicial Correction Services, to profit from charging excessive fees to low income people who can’t pay small … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jon Tribble: Ball and Pivot

. Jerry looked better than any hog-faced man should, a Porky Pig grin always on his face, happy to meet us each time he came around to fix what had … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Robert Reich: Why We’re All Becoming Independent Contractors

GM is worth around $60 billion, and has over 200,000 employees. Its front-line workers earn from $19 to $28.50 an hour, with benefits. Uber is estimated to be worth some … Continue reading

March 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Education as Workforce Development: The Horror

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Scott Walker: We don’t need no higher education (photo courtesy of Slate) W.J. Astore A strong trend in higher education today is to sell…

February 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: Philip Levine reads “What Work Is”

Philip Levine reads his work at the AFL-CIO on Nov. 15, 2011. Philip Levine (January 10, 1928 – February 14, 2015) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet best known for … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Noam Chomsky: How to Ruin an Economy

Chomsky spoke at The Third Boston Symposium on Economics on February 10th 2014. In this video, he discusses the structural problems that prevent “willing hands” from finding a productive place … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Truth about American Productivity

If you listen to any mainstream economist ​you’ll learn that “productivity growth is good for American workers.” Productivity goes up, and with it comes rising prosperity for all. As Adam … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

What We Learned At The Walmart Museum

We just got back from a vacation in Arkansas. It was great. It was our 4th of July trip. Bentonville, Arkansas, is lovely. As you enter town, there must be … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

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