Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The New Employer Business Model relies on Part Time and Temp Workers.

The title says it all. Yet there's very little talk about the new business model.

Report after report continues to reinforce the idea that businesses are bullish on adding full time workers. Yet even in the same story, below, that’s been contradicted by reality:
Mt. Pleasant Patch: Since the financial crisis, employers have been hesitant to hire full-time employees, often blaming "economic uncertainty," among other problems. But according to CareerBuilder's ... For the second year in a row, nearly half of 2000 employers surveyed, or 44 percent, said they plan to hire new full-time permanent employees … But the rosy outlook didn't entirely come to pass; as CBS Moneywatch reported, by the end of last year, the U.S. economy ended up adding about the same amount of new jobs as it did in 2011.
Part-time workers being added?
A full 25 percent of employers also said they plan to hire part-time workers, a modest increase. 
So business isn't responding to Obamacare with massive increases in part-time work? Go figure. That's not to say it won't happen, but the media continues to give business a pass on its responsibility to employees by treating cuts in hours and benefits as normal, and not repugnant inhumane race-to-the-bottom policy.

Disaster Capitalism takes over: This is where business interests take advantage of a desperate workforce, intentionally created by Republicans when they started to reduce food stamp availability, shortened the period for unemployment benefits (and making it more difficult to get), and killed the only checks and balance in the system-unions:
Hiring of temp workers has surged 7.5 percent in the past year, which is five times more than the overall hiring rate during the same time period. Many economists speculate that employers are opting for temp workers as a way to keep costs down. And they're able to do so because the high unemployment rate has left many Americans willing to accept low-paying jobs with no benefits.
That message doesn't just apply to temp’s either. It’s across the board.

For a Republican Party that hates one-size-fits-all policies, turning public workers into another version of the desperately poor private sector worker is an odd way to reform and supposedly improve the system. Thank god everyone is now feeling the pain?

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