The materials on this site arise from analysis contained in the fissured workplace and a growing body of research regarding the fundamental restructuring of employment and its impacts on workers and businesses it also discusses approaches to dealing with the fissured workplace developed during the obama administration as well as new ideas and efforts being discussed and undertaken today. Read a new york times feature on the state of the fissured workplace outsourcing subcontracting and the gig economy at the beginning of the trump presidency read a washington post essay lauding the important work done by the us labor departments wage and hour division formerly led by weil and warning of the perils of . The fissured workplace paints a striking picture of the underside of the us labor market the workers who service expensive hotels but need food stamps and income support for their families to survive the independent contractors who clean office buildings under contracts that pay below minimum wages and hundreds of thousands of others struggling in an economy where you work not for branded name companies in the open light but for subcontractors behind the scenes weil documents the . The fissured workplace why work became so bad for so many and what can be done to improve it by david weil harvard press 2014 for much of the twentieth century large companies employing many workers formed the bedrock of the us economy today on the list of big businesss priorities sustaining the employer worker relationship ranks . this underappreciated book describes the fissured workplace the result of corporations increasingly distributing activities through an extensive network of contracting outsourcing franchising and ownership workers are less likely to work for the corporation that ultimately profits from their labor instead they work for a loose network of middlemen or as independent contractors
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