Wednesday, May 31, 2023
HomeFashionBarbara Ehrenreich's coverage of low-wage jobs has never been more important

Barbara Ehrenreich's coverage of low-wage jobs has never been more important

All products on Vogue are independently selected by our editors. However, we may earn affiliate commissions when you purchase items through our retail links.

Yesterday was Labor Day in the U.S., and if you noticed how many hourly wage employees were spending the day off from their office work serving those lucky enough to receive labor contracts, you’re not alone. Although this holiday is built in late century as a memorial of the American labor movement, naked The facts—namely, that salaried workers are often on vacation and service workers have recently made news for unionizing at companies like Starbucks, Amazon, and Trader Joe’s—don’t seem to quite add up.

That disparity is exactly what writer and activist Barbara Ehrenreich, who died last week, saw , died

, and made a living by writing. In Ehrenreich’s hits 715 BOOK

Nickel and Noire: On (not) getting along in America , she takes aim at the false promises of welfare reform and sets out to understand how unskilled workers can maintain their wages by taking a range of minimum-wage jobs across the country .

Although the term “unskilled labor” has fallen a bit out of favor in progressive circles out nickel and dime

out A few years ago (after all, isn’t all labor skilled?), the core of her message felt like it was for us Written at the moment of current life: While inflation is on the rise, the minimum wage in the US has stagnated at an absurd $7. 16 One hour. (In some states, including New York and California, that number is double that, but in many parts of the country you can work a full day for minimum wage and still barely afford a can of gas.)

in a stress

nickel and digon

in The most striking thing in

It was Ehrenreich who handled her assignment with no condescension at all. Luckily, she admits, she can only try low-paying work instead of relying on it to make ends meet, as some of her family members do: “For me,” she writes, “it’s all about sitting at a desk for a day not only It’s a privilege, and it’s a responsibility: I owe it to everyone in my life, living and dead, to speak more than anyone hears.”



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Featured NEWS