The Disposable Worker

Source: Peter Coy, Michelle Conlin and Moira Herbst, Business Week, no. 4163, January 18, 2009

Pay is falling, benefits are vanishing, and no one’s job is secure. How companies are making the era of the temp more than temporary.

…You know American workers are in bad shape when a low-paying, no-benefits job is considered a sweet deal. Their situation isn’t likely to improve soon; some economists predict it will be years, not months, before employees regain any semblance of bargaining power. That’s because this recession’s unusual ferocity has accelerated trends–including offshoring, automation, the decline of labor unions’ influence, new management techniques, and regulatory changes–that already had been eroding workers’ economic standing.

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