October 30, 2020
How We Got Here, Part 3: The Fight For Meaningful Work
Tens of millions of people in the US are either out of a job right now or still working without meaningful protections, benefits, or wage increases. And if something goes wrong, workers mostly have to figure it out on their own.
In the final installment, we explore the coping mechanisms workers use to survive, debt, false Utopian solutions, and look at those who are fighting for real social and economic change.
Pundits and reporters hailed gig companies as a flexible, desirable "future of work" after the recession. With the pandemic, we are seeing how precarious and dangerous these contingent work arrangements are for those who are doing them.
While the tech industry profits off all the disempowered and isolated workers in our economy, those who have been most oppressed have been fighting for true economic and racial equality.