Converting Industrial Spaces into Post-Industrial Livelihoods

Andrew Ross’ Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times looks at the global workplace and finds an emerging pattern of labor instability. Ross examines case studies of workers in all realms of work from the emerging creative class of high wage professionals to the multitude of temporary, migrant, or […]

Exploitation is Exploitation is Exploitation

Last year I took John Miller’s econ class Sweatshops in the World Economy in which we examined the ongoing impacts of globalization, free trade and capitalism on working conditions both abroad and in the United States. Throughout the semester we were given four definitions of a sweatshop and asked to choose the one we felt […]

To The Internet and Creatives: An Open Rant About Getting No Collar Jobs & The Value of Creative Work

Preface Andrew Ross’s book Nice Work If You Can Get It was insightful and a very good read.  Ross studied job insecurity and the new trends of the workplace and did so at an emerging time.  He contrasts the sweatshop style labor to the new trending style of creatives in the U.S. This rant should […]

The Humane Workplace and Small Business (Or How My Father Made Life Easier For Himself)

While reading Andrew Ross’s No Collar – The Humane Workplace and Its Hidden Costs I of course was reminded of the various stories of big-name companies like Google, Facebook, and Pixar who take pride in trying to create a comfortable workplace for their workers. But as I read I began to connect what I was […]