Who or what does the work?

Labor, jobs, & production

Many people who need jobs don’t have them. Labor exploitation is rampant. The worth of a job is evaluated by how much it contributes to increased output and expansion. We must reimagine what it means to work and transform our systems of production to ones that are more intentional and efficient.


Making the Green New Deal Work for Workers (Jeremy Brecher)

This article discusses portions of the Green New Deal resolution that pertain to work. The argument here is that a just transition means robust training, guaranteed jobs, and pensions for fossil fuel industry workers. The future of work within a green economy is conceptualized.

The Future is Green (via CityLab)

This source is about how green jobs can increase resiliency and create economic opportunities in vulnerable communities.

Rethinking the 40 Hour Work Week

This is a collection of six pieces published in the New York Times over the past few years. Some studies show that shortening the work week increases worker productivity and creativity and improves health. One writer argues this is exclusively a white collar issue and ignores structural causes of wealth inequality and poverty. Other writers advocate for less rigid jobs and push for what’s referred to as a “gig economy.”