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It’s Not the 'Future of Work,' It’s the Future of Workers That’s in Doubt

By The American Prospect

For Labor Day, a call for a new union strategy from three prominent workers’ advocatesRead full story

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  • A powerful piece for progressives and workers. A good summary of current conditions and how to move forward.

  • This has long been a topic of discussion. To think that humans will somehow get left behind is totally negligent of how adaptive and innovative humans are as a species. Yes some will have to learn new trades or switch what they are doing but it’s not pause for fear or pulling back for producing better and more cost effective business.

  • The fact remains, the 1% is going to find ways to get their work done with out the employees they currently have working for them. Interesting how the 1% is the group supporting universal pay. They would rather pay you a basic wage rather than have to cover your benefits and bonus packages. If you are represented by a union, this is an enormous cost savings for corporations. They can push their costs to a government entity. The people end up paying and corporations just become bigger with less responsibilities

    The fact remains, the 1% is going to find ways to get their work done with out the employees they currently have working for them. Interesting how the 1% is the group supporting universal pay. They would rather pay you a basic wage rather than have to cover your benefits and bonus packages. If you are represented by a union, this is an enormous cost savings for corporations. They can push their costs to a government entity. The people end up paying and corporations just become bigger with less responsibilities.

    This future does not take into consideration that the greatness of the US is the premise of self determination. This is a unique characteristic of being American. Those in power fear it as it means the 1% can be disrupted at any time by the next “great” idea.

    Whether it’s a gig economy or entrepreneurship, the concept of the unions may be in their final days. The democratization of work will not work for unions as they by their very structure support the traditional corporate structure. Unless unions can democratize themselves they will be disrupted too.

  • “The future of work will be determined by who wields power and for what purposes.” Lot’s of gems here. I think the article gets a lot right. While middle and working classes are told to focus on immigration and racial tensions are fomented, this article reminds us that unless we are the .01 % our fates are intertwined and, for now, our collective power is great.

  • Nice read on Labor Day weekend about our workforce and the affects of technology.

  • I feel the same not only about the Future of Work discussion, but also about the so called Rise of the Populism talk.

    Publications such as The Economist tend to focus on the post-fact, anger driven politics and ignore the decades of neglect of the rising inequalities that are the true reason for the anger of the general population and its distrust to the elites and what they represent. Calling this populism is not only cynical, it is hurtful, as it focuses on symptoms and not the disease.

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