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Yes, We Can Do Something About Insecure Work

Some people are claiming that bad jobs are inevitable and there is nothing we can do about insecure work. These people need to read an important new study from the International Labor Organization, which highlights smart policies that have been used to improve insecure work.

   
The comprehensive study by the ILO documents the rise of “non-standard” forms of work—temporary work, seasonal work, casual or intermittent work, daily work, involuntary part-time work, on-call work, temp agency work, subcontracted work, and employment misclassified as independent contracting—around the world in recent decades.

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The On-Demand Economy Is Smaller Than You Think

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A lot of people assume that a hefty share of working people earn money in the “platform economy”—also called the “gig economy” or the “on-demand economy.”

According to a new report, however, only 0.5% of adults in the United States earn income from digital labor platforms—such as Uber and Task Rabbit—that are used to provide labor or services. That works out to a little more than 1 million people.

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The Latest Republican Plan to Outsource Jobs

The Latest Republican Plan to Outsource Jobs

House Republicans are proposing another enormous tax break for corporations to outsource jobs. The latest Republican outsourcing plan is very similar to the one promoted by former Gov. Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential campaign, which President Barack Obama said would cost 800,000 jobs.

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What’s Next in the 'Fiscal Cliff' Debate?

Photo courtesy of Art Strike.

It’s back! Just when you thought you might never hear the words “fiscal cliff” again, the sequel to this horror movie is about to be released. Look for it in your local theater, radio, TV and website—non-stop, 24/7—beginning sometime in February.

Yes, those irrepressible Republicans in Congress have cooked up yet another manufactured crisis and are once again holding the U.S. economy hostage. This time they are threatening to cause a U.S. government default unless they get their way. You know—the same stunt they pulled last summer. And what are congressional Republicans demanding as ransom to spare the economy? The same things they were demanding last time we went through this ordeal: benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.

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The High Price of Republican Hostage-Taking

Just a few days after the election, House Speaker John Boehner made clear that Republicans plan to hold the economy hostage once again to their ransom demands for the richest 2%.

Working families are telling Congress no more tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% and no benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Learn more at www.aflcio.org/ProtectOurFuture

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