Work, Not Jobs

Is it just me, or does Congress seem completely oblivious to what the rest of us are going through? No security of any kind, and instead of expanding the safety net, they’re shredding what’s left. In the meantime, we’re not even going to have full-time jobs again:

NEW YORK ( — Jobs may be coming back, but they aren’t the same ones workers were used to.

Many of the jobs employers are adding are temporary or contract positions, rather than traditional full-time jobs with benefits. With unemployment remaining near 10%, employers have their pick of workers willing to accept less secure positions.

In 2005, the government estimated that 31% of U.S. workers were already so-called contingent workers. Experts say that number could increase to 40% or more in the next 10 years.

James Stoeckmann, senior practice leader at WorldatWork, a professional association of human resource executives, believes that full-time employees could become the minority of the nation’s workforce within 20 to 30 years, leaving employees without traditional benefits such as health coverage, paid vacations and retirement plans, that most workers take for granted today.

“The traditional job is not doomed. But it will increasingly have competition from other models, the most prominent is the independent contractor model,” he said.

Doug Arms, senior vice president of Ajilon, a staffing firm, says about 90% of the positions his company is helping clients fill right now are on a contract basis.

8 thoughts on “Work, Not Jobs

  1. I could not possible agree with you more on this.

    I have been saying over and over again that JOBS are the biggest priority that this country must have.

    Ironically enough, President Obama (who I voted for, by the bi) has been saying much the same.

    Unfortunately for everyone in this country, he has only be SAYING it. His deeds do not match his words.


  2. Did you check out the poll, asking whether you thought the job market would get better, worse or stay the same in 6 months? 48 percent are saying worse.

    I get an image of more communal existence coming out of this; those dinner groups you’ve talked about, where people pool their resources to make a good meal. (That of course brings with it images from sci-fi, of rebel groups living under ground. I don’t think I want to get that romantic.)

  3. of course congress is oblivious.
    it’s largely a millionaires club, and those that aren’t millionaires have learned the fine art of sucking up to that class.

    and it’s totally deliberate. we’re going to have a real crisis on our hands when people of your generation get old (never mind people of my generation).

    But you know where i stand on the matter: if it was up to me, we’d have hauled out the guillotine a few years ago.

  4. (You mean I’m not old yet?)
    Black market. Off the grid. Underground. Squatters.
    Name some more models.

  5. Oblivious would imply that they don’t know about it. They know, they just don’t care.

  6. Oblivious would imply that they don’t know about it. They know, they just don’t care.

    Truer words were never spoken…


  7. We’re going to have a huge wave of middle class homeless in the not-to-distant future. I’m in high end property management and I’m seeing my African American tenants, with high incomes and previously impeccable credit, getting clobbered. So, they can ignore further at first because there will a racial make up to the toll. But that can’t last forever, and congress is going to be shocked to see people like them living in tent cities. Winter is going to be really rough for the homeless up north.

    We have to get smart and find a way to provide tent cities that have food, sanitary facilities and internet connections to minimize the damage that is done to our nation.

    It’s so weird, watching congress walk like zombies to the inevitable worst course of action. They know better. We know better. And they’re going to do it anyway, because 30 years of conservative control of our media has made the choices that they are making, inevitable.

  8. Well, OK. Make the unemployed automatically eligible for Medicare/ Medicaid. Or better yet just have universal coverage, affordable housing and effective mass transit. But then our Plutocrat owners wouldn’t have fear of losing a job to keep wages low. Why do you think Corporate senators and representatives want to ‘be fair’ and cut benefits for the majority of Americans. Indentured servitude is our future.

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