Dan Clawson and Naomi Gerstel have written a book which has just been released which will probably be worth the read. In the book, Unequal Time, the two:
.. .explore the ways in which social inequalities permeate the workplace, reverberating through a web of time in which the schedules of one person shape the schedules of others in ways that exemplify and often exacerbate differences between men and women, the privileged and disadvantaged.
What the authors find is what we know. Capitalism, global capitalism, is finding better and better ways to exploit those upon whose labor the system depends. Hours not quite up to enough to qualify for this or that "benefit," schedules all over the clock, substitutions, part time, seasonal, you know all the words which describe all the ways capital finds to squeeze every last bit of surplus labor out of working people the world over.
Further, the squeeze put upon workers impacts every one of us, well every one of us who are not way up at the top. This Clawson and Gerstel demonstrate and explain rather well in their discussion of low paid healthcare workers, the very workers who we depend upon when we are sick, or feeble, the very workers we depend upon to care for those we love in hospitals and nursing homes. The squeeze which is put upon them goes far beyond dollars and cents. It impacts their own health, it impacts the quality of care which they can provide.
This is class struggle. This is the multitude verses global capital. This is life and death.
I have to be moving along so I am going directly here to two different posts approaching the same subject but from slightly different perspectives. The first, amazingly for Scission anyway, is taken from NBC News. The second comes from Colorlines.
IS HEALTH CARE JUST ANOTHER CHAOTIC, LOW-WAGE JOB?
BY Seth Freed Wessler