BROOKLYN, NY - August 8, 2011 - St. Joseph’s College is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Greenwald, professor and academic dean at the College’s Brooklyn Campus, was recently published in the August 8-14, 2011 issue of Business Week magazine. This essay, part of Dr. Greenwald’s ongoing study of the transformation of work in America, discusses the need for labor law reform to address long-standing disparities for freelance and self-employed workers.
“What drove me to the topic is the transformation of how we work in America. Starting with the recession of the 1970s, globalization, and resulting corporate restructuring, thousands of white-collar jobs were lost, and, in the aftermath, many of those former white-collar workers became consultants,” Dr. Greenwald said.
“Contingent labor is now about 30% of the workforce, and the fastest growing sector is what we would call the traditional white-collar sector. As a scholar of work, I am interested in how this transformation affects the way Americans look at work, how they define their professional lives, and how they balance work and home lives when they work from home.”
By reforming the labor code and providing the benefits and protections afforded to salaried, employed workers, Greenwald argues, the non-traditional workforce sector will be freed to earn to their potential and create new jobs. “As these individuals represent the single greatest source of job creation today—and likely in the coming decades—supporting them will only strengthen the recovery,” Dr. Greenwald said. “Easing their burdens might just help them make the leap from struggling solo businesses to healthy small employers, creating even more jobs.”
Dr. Richard Greenwald is the academic dean and a professor of history and sociology at St. Joseph’s College. His most recent work, The Death of 9-to-5: Permanent Freelancers, Empty Offices and the New Way America Works, will be released in 2013 by Bloomsbury Press. Dr. Greenwald's scholarly interests are political economy, particularly the intersection of the workplace, business and American politics. He is the author of The Triangle Fire, the Protocols of Peace and Industrial Democracy in Progressive Era New York (2005), co-editor of Sweatshop USA: The American Sweatshop in Historical and Global Perspective (2003), and editor of Exploring America's Past: Essays in Social and Cultural History (1996). The New Press will be publishing his co-edited collection on the future of work in 2013.
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St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.