Listening to this NPR story about Full Employment:
While the story presents a picture of increasing worker rights, they neglected to mention that the other way to address full employment is to increase the labor market through decreasing the social safety net ala welfare reforms of the 1990s.
If you require people to work (even if they're sick or it would harm their families to do so), then you decrease their individual or collective bargaining power.
@emacsen "full employment" is a disingenuous term for what's actually happening. Uber and Lyft don't fucking count.
@teslas_moustache Did you read or listen to the article? From your comment it doesn't appear you did.
@emacsen No, you're right. I listened to the first couple of minutes and got really annoyed with the tone.
@emacsen Wait. If the article you're talking about is the couple of paragraphs in the link you shared, yeah, I read that. That's what I was reacting to.
@teslas_moustache The episode (it's a regular podcast) is about the ways that full employment increases worker rights.
They also discuss how it doesn't affect all communities equally.
I actually listen to Planet Money regularly and while I don't agree with everything they say, think it's a good show and worthy of thought and consideration.
@emacsen Oooh. OK. I didn't realize it was part of a series
@emacsen Can you clarify what you mean by "harm their families to do so"?
It seems like work always harms families a little bit in the immediate. The utopian family would probably be together all or the vast majority of the time, and work is always gonna require one or both parents to be somewhere else. But that's just part of nature, and it seems silly to fight it.
I'm guessing you mean something else, though.
@rchive Lack of affordable daycare, or lack of medical care for the elderly or infirmed means that people (usually women) need to be the ones who compromise their jobs for taking care of their families.
If we had child care or home health care services that were available to those in need, then that would free up those who are looking for a way out of poverty, but as long as those in the most desperate need are forced to make this choice, nothing will change.
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