Millions of Americans left farm work for factory work 150 years ago, and a similarly massive shift is happening now, according to Sara Horowitz. Currently, almost 1/3 of the work force or 42 million Americans are self-employed or working as freelancers, consultants, contractors or part-timers. They aren't covered by the worker protections designed for factory and office employees during the New Deal era. As Horowitz explains, those laws assumed that most people would work for a single large company until they retired. But, that is no longer the case. In her view, worker protection laws need to evolve, to provide a safety net for workers of the new economy.
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Hi, my name is Diane and I live in Portland, Oregon. I'm learning how to reduce my expenses so I can spend less time working to pay the bills and more time doing things that are meaningful to me, including volunteer work. I'm finding that it's not easy - our economy is designed to keep us trapped in a "spend more, work more" cycle. In this blog, I explore these issues and share insights from experts about the new economy, social justice, sustainable living and related topics. I hope this information is helpful and interesting to you.