When “bringing back manufacturing” doesn’t mean “bringing back manufacturing jobs and their attendant wages.”

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What’s Going on in the Workforce

When “bringing back manufacturing” doesn’t mean “bringing back manufacturing jobs & their attendant wages.”

It’s no secret that the Post Office uses long-term temps, to keep down the cost of mail delivery. Here’s one letter carrier’s story about why she could no longer keep doing that work. And while we’re on the subject of grim jobs the economy still needs, here’s a year in the life of a long-haul truck driver.

Uber, but for software development. Gigster is changing the way apps get built.

A new study of gig economy workers shows that a (self-reported) 29% of them have a full time, traditional employment relationship with someone else.

And while we’re on the subject of gig economy work, here’s a great piece from Think Progress on how strippers are fighting misclassification as independent contractors.

Steven Greenhouse asks why on-demand drivers should be treated as a new classification of worker?

Organizing Theory

New Uber strategy: pass state laws that characterize their drivers as independent contractors, so that the feds can’t intervene.

Should you build an app to deliver services? Depends, but likely no. Interesting read on what makes a non-daily app worth building.

Sharing, Solidarity & Sustainability

“I use my other freelance job to give myself flexibility to pursue my passions.” How do artists stay afloat in the gig economy? (Gigs aren’t just online, y’know.)

Utrecht experiments with (non-universal) basic income.

“Move on, move on, always move on. And I say to myself, ‘Why should I have to move on?’” How do the formerly-homed deal with becoming homeless in Silicon Valley.

Geeking Out

Fire fighting robots. Yep. Merry Christmas to you, too.

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