Monday, January 19, 2015

'Exploited By Your Service Ethic' - Reflecting on it this MLK Day of Service


“The Emergence of the ‘Precariat’: What Does The Loss of Stable, Well-Compensated Employment Mean for Education?” from January 14, 2015
The emergence of the global knowledge economy has revolutionized the nature of work in America – for the worse. Unionized, well-paying private sector jobs that were once a ladder to the middle class have been decimated. Poorly compensated, insecure and precarious employment has grown dramatically. As a consequence, economic inequality has mushroomed. Perhaps nothing captures this transformation better than academia, where tenure-track positions have declined as the numbers of poorly paid, insecure adjuncts have swelled. What is the reality of life in the ‘precariat?’ What has the growth of the ‘precariat’ meant for the American economy? For the quality of American higher education? What are the prospects for union organizing among the ‘precariat?’


Barbara Ehrenreich, co-editor, Economic Hardship Reporting Project
Watch her presentation

Rosemary Feal, Executive Director, Modern Language Association

specifically on the student experience of paying for education see this presentation:
Andrew Ross, Professor, Social and Cultural Analysis; Director, American Studies (interim),
New York University
Watch his presentation

Jennie Shanker, Adjunct Professor, Temple University; member, Temple adjunct organizing committee

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