Yes, no more Andrew Puzder. As lawyer-journalist, Kathryn Rubino, reports on Abovethelaw, he couldn't get the GOP to support his confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Labor.
But watchers of how that particular slot will be filled aren't optimistic that who will be nominated to replace him will be the champion of the Working Man/Woman. And a champion is needed at this point in the history of labor in the United States.
The traditional full time job with benefits is an anomaly. That's what created the middle class. And both it and the middle class are vanishing. The W-2 and 1099 kind of work is usually part-time without benefits. And, good luck trying to land even that.
For a $9 an hour, 30-hours-weekly gig without benefits in a payday loan shop here in Ohio the powers that be have been interviewing for almost two weeks. Those who have applied range from high school graduates to holders of Master of Arts degrees.
The conditions under which folks look for and actually do work frequently mirror those of the Brother, Can You Spare Me a Dime era. My immigrant family told me about it. Never did I anticipate my generation and the generations which followed me would be experiencing it. No one has our backs.
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