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  I have been a stay-at-home mother for a little over three years. I now have one child in school all day and another child soon to be in pre-school part day. So now is the time to get back into the job market for the right price, right atmosphere, and right schedule.

   I feel VERY lucky I am able to be picky and turn down a job if it does not fit the overall best interest of my  family. Today I turned down a six month contract job for computer programming because the benefits just didn't make the commute worth it after crunching the numbers.

   So back to the drawing board; not a big deal until I discovered something interesting. I think it is safe to assume most people know how Labor Ready works. Labor Ready has helped bust up unions and workers rights for example fair wages and a good healthcare plan. Companies like  Labor Ready hire cheaper labor on a short term bases with shady business practices and shady benefits to say the lest.  Here is the link of the news story I read about Labor Ready’s business practices: http://www.alternet.org/...

   So I am sitting here scanning over the modern day want adds on the internet and I see a job posting for administrative work in payroll for a company. This job post sparks my interest in something I might want to apply for. I start looking at the companies webpage and it strikes me as very odd. Then I remembered the news story about Labor Ready. I pulled up Labor Ready’s website and compared the two. This company for all intent purposes copied Labor Ready’s business and employment practices to a T. Looks almost identical. The only difference is some photos and construction terminology has been replaced with office terminology.

   Is office work the next step in the McDonald’s of the temp industry?  Scary times and it keeps getting worse.

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  •  Precarity (3+ / 0-)
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    zett, SlightKC, ChocolateChris

    The rise of the contingent, the casualized, the part-time and the temp, the on-call and the off-the-books, the end of working class life as we knew it.

    Precarity:

    “Precarity” is ... the condition of existing precariously. The condition of losing one’s safety and security, of losing predictability and the ability to rationally plan ahead, the condition of being humiliated and in danger.

    “Precarity” has much to do with the need for a steady income, for predictable hours of work, for a humane respect from one’s employer and a need not to be unjustly fired.

    In a world so redolent with wonder, how can we allow ourselves to conduct our daily lives with so little insight, such absence of dignity? We should discover that there is no objective need for such precarity; the planet Earth should not be run as a fire sale. Precarity was supposed to be for the little people; when it is for everybody, its absurdity is manifest. Precarity cannot make us a cleaner, better, or more just society. Precarity is not sustainable. It has nothing to do with economic productivity. It does not help us sustain our precious cultural heritage or our natural heritage, the planet’s priceless biodiversity. It is the mayhem of a disturbed ant’s nest.

    Once we recognize precarity as an existential threat for all, we will find the means to deal with it. A guaranteed annual income would be a good start. Shorter work weeks give us the chance to rejoin civil society, to re-establish trust with neighbors turned strangers, to engage in some convivial joie de vivre over healthy, genuine cuisine, instead of ridiculous cardboard-packaged fast food.

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by ActivistGuy on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 03:01:43 PM PDT

    •  I didn't know the shit we were going through (1+ / 0-)
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      ChocolateChris

      had a name.

      Precarity.  Hm.  A good, descriptive name.  Good to know.

      The rat bastards do it to us because they can.  I'm not convinced that is is economically necessary to keep the people on knife's edge all the time - it has more to do with the plutocracy keeping power.  Keep the peasants off balance and afraid all the time and they'll never come after you - except when they finally fucking snap and do.  That last part is what the plutocrats are not thinking about.

    •  So this is what wakes me up in the middle of the (0+ / 0-)

      night.  Next time my husband asks me why I can't sleep, I will tell him: "Precarity."  Since I've been pushed into the temping world, I have noticed that my average hourly rate has decreased, despite that I have gained further experience.  

  •  The office temp company (0+ / 0-)

    May be a subsidiary of Labor Ready, or have common shareholders. It would make sense for Labor Ready to expand into office jobs.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Aug 06, 2012 at 04:27:56 PM PDT

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