Weighing Costs, Companies Favor Temporary Help

Weighing costs?

A phrase in need of a subtextual reading that almost requires at least a smattering of Marxist theory [from Wikipedia]

Imagine a worker who is hired for an hour and paid $10. Once in the capitalist’s employ, the capitalist can have him operate a boot-making machine using which the worker produces $10 worth of work every fifteen minutes. Every hour, the capitalist receives $40 worth of work and only pays the worker $10, capturing the remaining $30 which, after deduction of costs (the leather, depreciation of the machine, etc.) leaves a residual, i.e. surplus value or profit.

The worker cannot capture this benefit directly because he has no claim to the means of production (e.g. the boot-making machine) or to its products, and his capacity to bargain over wages is restricted by laws and the supply/demand for wage labor. Hence the rise of trade unions which aim to create a more favorable bargaining position through collective action by workers.

A more honest headline would read, “In order to maximize profits, companies exploit workers by using benefitless temporaries”

You are not really employed if you are a temporary.  Or if you are part-time.

Part time and temporary workers are yet another way the super rich maximize the amount of money going into their unproductive pockets from the labor of people who actually produce the wealth.

From Today”s New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/20/business/economy/20temp.html?_r=1&hp

By MOTOKO RICH
Published: December 19, 2010

Temporary workers are starting to look, well, not so temporary.

Despite a surge this year in short-term hiring, many American businesses are still skittish about making those jobs permanent, raising concerns among workers and some labor experts that temporary employees will become a larger, more entrenched part of the work force.

This is bad news for the nation’s workers, who are already facing one of the bleakest labor markets in recent history. Temporary employees generally receive fewer benefits or none at all, and have virtually no job security. It is harder for them to save. And it is much more difficult for them to develop a career arc while hopping from boss to boss.

“We’re in a period where uncertainty seems to be going on forever,” said David Autor, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “So this period of temporary employment seems to be going on forever.”

This year, companies have hired temporary workers in significant numbers. In November, they accounted for 80 percent of the 50,000 jobs added by private sector employers, according to the Labor Department. Since the beginning of the year, employers have added a net 307,000 temporary workers, more than a quarter of the 1.17 million private sector jobs added in total.

Continue reading at:  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/20/business/economy/20temp.html?_r=1&hp

There is another right wing lie that is exposed here.  the one about private sector job creation and the tax cuts.  The lying shits weren’t creating jobs when they had the tax cuts and they won’t start creating them.

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