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Monday: Research Professionals in NY, NJ, CT- pay attention

A blast from the past, this post from 2011 hinted at where the 1% are going. Krugman and Atrios are three years late to this party.  

Now, we only have to ask ourselves if this is connected to the reason why there is no employer mandate for Obamacare until 2015- or ever, for all we know?

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A lot of you are understandably upset that the world expects you to take a steep cut in pay and forego benefits because they don’t see how the chicken gets made, plus you belong to a reviled profession.  You’re only a step above health insurance claim processors and nuclear reactor specialists (there are family members out there who are laughing very loudly right now).

Anyway, how do you pay for everything on your vastly reduced salary while you fly back and forth between coasts trying to keep your head above water?  Well, this article in the NYTimes describes one possible option.  It’s called the Freelancers Union and it is growing:

For most of the 20th century, it was efficient to link benefits to jobs this way. But today, more and more work falls outside the one-to-one, employee-to-employer relationship. Work is decentralized, workers are mobile, and working arrangements are fluid…

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  1. Romney-care will happen no matter who wins this fall and in 2016. There is too much money to be made and siphoned off by the party elites for it to go down the toilet.

  2. Considering the number of employers who are appearing to renege on benefits like pensions, it makes sense to just forgo loyalty to a business and freelance if you can. Why offer them something they aren’t offering you anyway? Of course, it means we’ll hear the whining about being unable to find skilled labor because the morons in charge of the companies will never recognize that just like them – labor also looks to maximize value for their budgets and isn’t in the habit of giving away something for nothing.

    • They’re already whining about a shortage of skilled workers … Skilled workers willing to work for bread crusts and muddy water.

      Our new and improved Democrats are doing all they can to implement H1B visas to make the Willards of Wall Street fondest dreams come true.

    • If you are a non-union non-permajob freelancer, you are the natural
      structured-class-victim of the employER class right there. You are one of the million breaking waves upon which the employERS love to go employee-surfing.

      (I am non-union too, but I have a permajob . . . unless something changes and then I don’t. But for now, I do.)

      • YES! That is why it is so important to make more “non-union non-permajob freelancers”. How many times in the last 14 years have we heard praise for the “self-employed”? As if we are all just dying to start a new business and work for ourselves- not. But we sure do get fed a lot of encouragement to strike out on our own, don’t we?
        Well, I really can do that from home. I own my home, don’t have a mortgage, my property taxes are a joke compared to what I paid in NJ and in taking contract work at home, I would only be supplementing my income from a regular job (that I hope to get). It’s a win-win.
        But I still don’t like working for myself.

  3. I know I’m always posting links to the socialists ( the real ones) but its one of the few places one can get news for grown up people .

    Here is a good over view of the new Federal Reserve report . You will not see its like on your local Disney news channel

    US median income has plunged, inequality has grown in Obama “recovery”


    ….The report reveals other aspects of the social crisis. The share of young families burdened by education debt nearly doubled, from 22.4 percent to 38.8 percent, between 2001 and 2013. The share of young families with more than $100,000 in debt has grown nearly tenfold, from 0.6 percent to 5.6 percent.

    …. The data undercuts the endless talk of “partisan gridlock” in Washington and the media presentation of a political system paralyzed by irreconcilable differences between the Democratic and Republican parties..

    There has, in fact, been a seamless continuity between the Bush and Obama administrations in the pursuit of reactionary policies of war abroad and class war at home…..

    The ” strike out on your own! Be captain of your own ship! ” crap was used in 2004 when Bush tried and failed to dismantled SS into private Wall St accounts. The public didn’t buy that bucket load and the public , NOT the Dem party, put a stop to it

    Mr. O was successful in handing us over to the Health care insurance Industrial complex, because they had learn not to ask the public , but pretend they were providing affordable care LOL…Huma’s stock is up since then 400%

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